American violinist, conductor, and composer William Harvey has appeared as violin soloist at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony and has performed concerti with orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico, and USA. Since March 2010, he has served as the Violin and Viola Teacher at ANIM, and since March 2013, he is its Artistic Manager. He is the founding conductor of the Afghan Youth Orchestra, which he has conducted seven times for President Hamid Karzai and which he led in internationally acclaimed sold-out concerts at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington. His appearances on the popular TV show Afghan Star have made him recognizable on the street for most Afghans.
He has served as concertmaster of the Spokane Symphony and a Fellow at Carnegie Hall’s Academy, and his playing has been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today. As a conductor, he has led youth orchestras in Afghanistan, Qatar, Mexico, Tunisia, the Philippines, and the USA. Mr. Harvey’s compositions have received over a hundred performances. Mr. Harvey earned his M.M. from The Juilliard School and B.M. from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 2005, Mr. Harvey founded Cultures in Harmony (CiH), an NGO that promotes cultural understanding through music. In 2010, CiH was named a Best Practice in International Cultural Engagement (along with the Kennedy Center & Library of Congress) by the US Center for Citizen Diplomacy. CiH workshops in Pakistan, Qatar, Egypt, the Philippines, Tunisia, and Mexico have benefited thousands of young musicians, and CiH has collaborated with local musicians in countries ranging from Cameroon to Papua New Guinea. Mr. Harvey has lectured on cultural diplomacy at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; the Parliament of the UK; and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.