Vincent Hardaker is one of New Zealand's most promising up-and-coming conductors and is currently Assistant Conductor in Residence for all professional orchestras in New Zealand. In June 2020 he graduated from the Soloist Class in Orchestral Conducting from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (DKDM).
In recent years he was the NZSO Conducting Fellow, through which he assisted Jose Luis Gomez for the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and received mentorship from such conductors as Vasily Petrenko, Pietari Inkinen and Simone Young . Significant conducting masterclasses include the Odense, Aarhus, Sønderjyllands, Copenhagen, Tasmanian, Adelaide, West Australian, Auckland Philharmonia and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as James Judd, Marko Letonja and Nicholas Carter. He was assistant for Opus Orchestra in 2014 and Orchestra Wellington in 2015-2016. His opera experience includes being music director for a DKDM production of "Postcard from Morocco", a world-premier production with Opera Otago and assisting on various productions.
In 2014 Vincent graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in conducting under Kenneth Young and viola under Gillian Ansell.
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