Jack Wong appointed as the festival's new Associated Conductor
Born in Hong Kong, Jack began his piano studies at the age of five and violin studies at the age of eight. After his sixth form studies at Harrow School, he graduated at Royal Academy of Music with a first class honours degree, having studied violin with Levon Chillingirian and Rodney Friend. He graduated at the Artist Masters programe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for Opera Studies (Repetiteur) as a scholar of the Leverhulme Trust.
He founded Hornton Chamber Orchestra in early January 2015 and has appeared as conductor as well as soloist on piano and violin. Jack is also an active chamber musician as has performed also in the fundraising events for the orchestra. Jack was also the Music Director for Julian Light Operatic Society and Conductor at Opera Integra.
Notable prize for conducting include Third Prize winner of the International Concerto Competition – Debut at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall Conducting Category in 2016. Jack was the Third Prize winner at the Pancho Vladigerov International Violin Competition held in Bulgaria in 2013. Jack has also taken part in the Verbier Festival as one of the four young conductors in the Conducting Mentorship Program, where he assisted Valery Gergiev, Andras Schiff, Pinchas Zukerman. Jack took part in the International Chipping Campden International Music Festival, London Symphony Orchestra String Academy and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra Academy in Germany. Jack served as concertmaster and Principal Second Violin and Concertmaster of the Asian Youth Orchestra, which gave performance tours around Asia. Jack has been appointed as the Associate Conductor at the International Composers Festival.
Jack is very grateful for the support of the Robert Anderson Research Charitable Trust and Talent Unlimited UK for his studies in London.
Daniel W. Boothe has been appointed as the festival's new Principal Conductor
Due to having to reschedule the Festival to 2022 because of COVID, sadly John Andrews will not be available as he has prior commitments. However, we are absolutely delighted to announce that we have been able to secure US conductor Daniel W. Boothe to be the new Principal Conductor of the festival in 2022.
Maestro Boothe says: "I' am honoured to accept this invitation to serve as Principal Conductor for the International Composers Festival. What a joy it will be to work with the many diverse musicians, composers and artists from around the world to share music of such thoughtful universal beauty. I am grateful for this opportunity - for both - new music and new friendships".Daniel W. Boothe
"It is a great honour to be Patron of this year's International Composers Festival. The artistic director of the Festival, Polo Piatti, has gathered together a wonderful and exciting programme of new music, written by living composers ready to share their melodies with an audience. It's also very pleasing that the Festival is showcasing so many female composers, and we have the opportunity of enjoying their work, many for the very first time, in concert, performed by hugely talented musicians. I'm thrilled that principal conductor John Andrews will be showcasing this new music, and I feel sure that the Festival will grow from strength to strength in future years. Happy music-making!" Debbie Wiseman OBE
We are extremely proud to be able to say that the 4th International Composers Festival has been a resounding success.
Everyone involved in this event showed what can be done when music is allowed to stir powerful emotions and in doing so, bring people from around the globe together, sharing a very intense and beautiful occasion that most of us will remember and treasure for the rest of our lives.
We feel humbled by the amount of work, dedication, enthusiasm and time everyone put into this Festival, especially our conductor John Andrews, the musicians, some who travelled from across the globe to be with us, the dancers both from Japan and locally who put so much work into their performances, the composers for their beautiful works and coming especially to be with us and to all of those who contributed in many different ways to bring this all together.
We especially thank everyone who attended these six concerts, with full houses at most concerts, creating a very special magical atmosphere. We will never be able to thank you enough for helping to make the festival such an outstanding triumph.
It was truly sensational.
Polo Piatti, Sandra Goodsell and the ICF Team
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TEN FEMALE COMPOSERS -
ONE COMPOSERS FESTIVAL
'After Tonality' an important lecture by French composer Jérôme Ducros at
Riticalthe Collège de France in 2020