...The conductor gave such clear direction to the players that the audience couldn’t help but glue their eyes on him throughout the performance...

Robert O’Hara

Vincent Hardaker is one of New Zealand's most promising up-and-coming conductors and is currently the New Zealand Assistant Conductor in Residence. In June 2020 he graduated from the Soloist Class in Orchestral Conducting from the Royal Danish Academy of Music (DKDM). 

In the past year he has worked with the Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony and Dunedin Symphony along with leading a DKDM production of “Postcard from Morocco” from Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Dominick Argento. He was the NZSO Conducting Fellow in 2015, through which he assisted for the NZSO National Youth Orchestra, and received mentorship from such conductors as Vasily Petrenko, Jose Luis Gomez and Simone Young . He has attended significant conducting masterclasses throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand including such orchestras as the Odense, Tasmanian, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras with conductors such as Pietari Inkinen, Michael Schønwandt and Nicholas Carter.

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.