Violinist Harry Ward has performed as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician throughout Australia, America, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Solo appearances include with the Xiamen Philharmonic, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. An avid chamber musician, Harry has performed alongside members of the Emerson, Michelangelo, Belcea, Ehnes and Australian string quartets and in concert with the late Joseph Silverstein. In 2017, Harry was invited to perform at the Rome Chamber Music Festival which included performances with Edgar Meyer, playing Meyer’s String Quintet and performances with members of the Venice Baroque Orchestra.
Harry has won many prizes in various competitions, including winner of the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition, the award for Best Performance of New Zealand Commissioned Work at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and as a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards.
Harry has performed in masterclasses with James Ehnes, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Donald Weilerstein, Joseph Silverstein, David Kim, Alina Ibragimova, Sophie Rowell, members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Belcea, Cavani, Pacifica, Alban Berg and Penny Quartets.
Harry is currently training in Melbourne with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Previously, Harry studied at the Graz Kunst-Universität with Boris Kuschnir, at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings with Amy Schwartz Moretti, David Halen and David Kim, and at the Meadowmount School of Music with Walter Schwede and the late Joseph Silverstein. From 2008-2013, Harry attended the Open Academy Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Professor Peter Zhang and Professor Alice Waten.
Harry plays a 1780 Pietro Antonio Landolfi violin, kindly on loan from an anonymous benefactor.
READ Harry's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Meredith Baldwin & the late John Baldwin, Pamela & Malcolm Dingle, Stuart Kollmorgen OAM & Rodrigo Oliveira, Igor & Jenny Zambelli, Anne & Greg Sewell, Jan Grant, Roy Masters AM, Barry & Joan Miskin, the late Rob Piaggio, Robert Whitehead, Jan Williams, Peter & Jane Phillips
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