Vincent Hardaker is one of New Zealand’s most promising up-and-coming conductors. Since 2015 he has been the assistant conductor for Orchestra Wellington and in 2016 he is a part of Symphony Services International’s Core Conductors programme. Other activities in 2016 include his third concert with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra.
In recent years he has been been the NZSO Conducting Fellow, through which he has been assistant to Jose Luis Gomez for the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and has worked with Vasily Petrenko, Pietari Inkinen, Simone Young and Simon Trpceski. Other activities with the NZSO include conducting masterclasses with Pietari Inkinen and James Judd. He has also been the assistant conductor for Opus Orchestra in 2014, and has had previous concerts with the Wellington Chamber Orchestra and Kapiti Concert Orchestra.
At the end of 2014 Vincent graduated from the New Zealand School of Music with a Bachelor of Music (Hons) in conducting under Kenneth Young.
Alongside his conducting activities, Vincent still regularly plays viola in Orchestra Wellington.