William Harvey, violin/viola and conducting (Emeritus)

William Harvey taught violin, viola, cello, and bass at ANIM from March 2010 to March 2014. He is the founding conductor of ANIM’s premier ensemble, the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which he conducted  8 times for President Hamid Karzai; on the season finale of Afghan Star in 2012 and 2013; on the orchestra’s first international tour, which took place in February 2013, when they performed sold-out concerts in the Kennedy Center in Washington and Carnegie Hall in New York City; and at the Royal Opera House in Muscat, Oman. He arranged all music performed by the orchestra during his tenure and compiled, edited, and arranged accompaniments for the Anthologies of Afghan Songs for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass. As Artistic Manager of ANIM, he coordinated programming and logistics for ANIM’s concerts locally and internationally. Born in the United States and holding degrees from The Juilliard School and Indiana University, he has performed solo with orchestras in Carnegie Hall (in a performance reviewed by the New York Times), Alice Tully Hall, Mexico, and the Philippines. He has served as concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, a fellow at Carnegie Hall’s Academy, and faculty at the Indiana University String Academy and Las Vegas Music Festival. In 2005, William founded and still directs Cultures in Harmony, a non-profit that has conducted over 20 projects in over a dozen countries to promote cultural understanding through music. In Pakistan, he led a concert tour of seven schools, spoke about Pakistani-American friendship on national TV, lectured at Aga Khan University, and performed with rock band Irtaash and rapper Adil Omar. Cultures in Harmony has created compositions with AIDS orphans in Zimbabwe, underprivileged girls in Egypt, and the Yoro tribe in Papua New Guinea. Workshops for young classical musicians have benefited thousands of students throughout Africa and Asia. William studied violin with Mimi Zweig and Ronald Copes. His compositions have received over a hundred performances and in 2006, he received Columbia University’s Bearns Prize in composition. He has conducted orchestras in the Philippines, Qatar, Mexico, and the United States.