For the 70th season, Peninsula Symphony welcomes Hoh Chen as Assistant Conductor. Chen will lead Peninsula Symphony during a part of several programs during the 2018-2019 subscription series and the Los Altos based Summer Concert, and will also program and conduct the annual Family Concert in April 2019. His conducting debut with the orchestra will be at the season opening concerts on October 27 and 28.
In response to his new appointment, Chen stated, ”I am thrilled for the opportunity to return to the Bay Area and join Peninsula Symphony as their Assistant Conductor. It will be an honor to work with such thoughtful and dedicated musicians.”
Music Director and Conductor Mitchell Sardou Klein said of Chen’s appointment, “I look forward to working with Hoh as our Assistant Conductor with great enthusiasm. He has demonstrated exceptional qualities of musicianship and leadership, and the musicians of Peninsula Symphony recognized those attributes in his excellent audition.”
Chen was the Associate Conductor of the University of California Wind Ensembles from 2003 to 2008 and served as the Music Director for the Berkeley’s Young Musicians Program from 2006 to 2010. Subsequently, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra where he conducted, managed and directed the Summer Symphony Program. Chen served under Maestro David Milnes at Berkeley until September 2011.
A UC Berkeley alumnus, Chen received his Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2008. After his tenure in the Bay Area, he went on to study at the Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University and receive his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting in June 2016.
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