Chief Conductor Designate of the Nuremberg Symphony
Winner of the 5th Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition
Manager: R. Douglas Sheldon, Stefana Atlas
Management Territory: Worldwide
Wong inspires all. He is a musical magician, a rare breed of the conductor that understands everything the orchestra needs. Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich
Wong impressed not only with his technical and musical mastery but his congenial and relaxed attitude, knowing exactly where to rehearse intensively in all the right places. Jonathan Nott, President of the Jury (BR-Klassik)
Both musicians and audience alike were equally captivated by the winner (Wong), and celebrated him with a distinctive demonstration of support, perhaps not unlike that of the then-winner Gustavo Dudamel? KlassikInfo.de
Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong will become the Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in the 2018/2019 season. An innovative and passionate force both on and off the podium, he was unanimously elected to the position after his acclaimed debut in October 2016. Having first attracted international attention as the winner of the 5th Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in May 2016, Gustavo Dudamel invited him to be a Dudamel Conducting Fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2016/2017 Season. In June 2016, he stood in for the indisposed Spanish conductor Jesús López . . . -Cobos at short notice for noteworthy appearances with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.
Alongside his work at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, highlights of Wong's 2016/2017 season include debuts with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Nationaltheater & Staatskapelle Weimar and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg. In Asia, he has been invited to the Tokyo, New Japan, Kansai, Kanagawa, and Shanghai philharmonic orchestras. He will additionally assist Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nezet-Seguin with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Ivan Fischer at the Budapest Festival Orchestra.
A strong advocate of music education, Wong is the co-founder of Project Infinitude, a grassroots initiative for children from diverse backgrounds to gain access to music. The pilot program is first initiated in Singapore at the Enabling Village, a space where people with different abilities can feel accepted for who they are. He and his co-founder Marina Mahler, granddaughter of the composer Gustav Mahler, look to expand the project in a sustainable and thoughtful way to more communities in the future.
A protégé of Kurt Masur, Wong had the privilege of sharing the podium together with him on multiple occasions in Leipzig, New York and Tokyo. Over his years of musical training, Wong has been mentored leading conductors Bernard Haitink, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Long Yu.
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...September 29, 2016