NICHOLAS WARD ï»¿
Nicholas Ward was born in Manchester in 1952, the son of parents who had met as members of the HallÃ© Orchestra. In consequence, music played an important part in his life from childhood, allowing him, after less successful attempts as a pianist, to learn the violin, and at the age of twelve, to form his own string quartet. This last continued for some five years, until he entered the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he studied with Yossi Zivoni and later, in Brussels, with AndrÃ© Gertler. In 1977 Nicholas Ward moved to London, where he joined the Melos Ensemble and the Royal Philharmonic, when the orchestra worked under Antal Dorati as its Principal Conductor. He became co-leader of the City of London Sinfonia in 1984, a position followed by appointment as leader of the Northen Chamber Orchestra, of which he became Music Director two years later, directing from the violin. In this form the orchestra has won high regard for its work both in the concert hall and the broadcasting studio.