The Faculty

Kirk Trevor

KIRK TREVOR

Internationally known conductor, recording artist, and educator Maestro Kirk Trevor is a regular guest conductor in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. He has been Music Director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra since 1988, and the Missouri Symphony since 2000, and was Music Director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 1985 until 2003. In 2000 Maestro Trevor forged a new relationship with the famed Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, recording American music for a consortium of independent record companies, and in 2006 Maestro Trevor began a new collaboration with Naxos Records. With almost 80 releases since 1997, this makes Kirk Trevor one of the world’s most recorded conductors within the past decade. As a guest conductor Maestro Trevor has appeared with over 40 orchestras in twelve countries. Recent appearances have included the Orchestra Sinfonica Sao Paolo, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Estonian National Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, the Virginia Symphony, the Savannah Symphony, the Sofia Philharmonic, and the Bern Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 he made his London Symphony Orchestra debut, and in 2007 his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Chamber Orchestra.

Maestro Trevor has been widely recognized as one of the leading conducting teachers in the world. He has been Director of Orchestras at both the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Ball State University, and has been a master teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League as well as the Conductor’s Guild. In 1991 Maestro Trevor co-founded the International Workshop for Conductors (now International Conducting Institute) held in the Czech Republic each summer.

Donald Schleicher

DONALD SCHLEICHER

Donald Schleicher has served as Professor of Conducting and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Illinois since 1995. He was also on the faculty of the University of Michigan for nine years. Professional positions include eight years as Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and for nine summers, he was Music Director and Principal Opera Conductor for the Pine Mountain Music Festival. At the outset of his career, he spent seven years as a high school band director in Williamsville, New York.

Schleicher has conducted the Inchon (South Korea) Philharmonic, the Daegu (South Korea) Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM of Mexico City, the South Dakota Symphony, and the orchestras of Bridgeport, Tallahassee, and Lansing. He has also appeared as a guest conductor at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit. In April of 2011, he will lead the production of “The Merry Widow” with the Missouri Opera Theater.

He is frequently invited to lead performances or provide conducting master classes at many of the countries major music schools such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, Baylor University, University of Minnesota, Ithaca College, Ohio State University, and Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. As an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education, Mr. Schleicher has conducted All-State orchestras, festivals, and youth orchestras in nearly every state of the United States. He is also active as a clinician for public school music educators.

As a conducting professor, Mr. Schleicher’s class is an international draw for talented young conductors. Many of his former conducting students have gone on to hold prestigious positions with organizations such as the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Metropolitan Opera, Richmond Philharmonic, the Philharmonia of Kansas City, and the Seattle Symphony. In the summer of 2010, he served as lead instructor for the International Conducting Workshop in the Czech Republic as well as faculty for the Omaha Symphony Conducting Workshop. In March of 2011, he will join Gustav Meier as a teacher for the ICW in Ann Arbor, MI.

Tomas Netopil

TOMAS NETOPIL

After his successful debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Philharmonia Orchestra London in autumn 2010, Tomas Netopil conducts in the season 2011/12 for the first time the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks München and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In addition, he has been re-invited to work with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonie Essen and conducted concerts in Stuttgart, Cagliari, Tampere and Graz.

At the Sächsischen Staatsoper Dresden Tomas Netopil directs the new production of La Clemenza di Tito and the revival of Rusalka. At the National Theater in Prague, where he is since 2009 music director, he conducts the new production of Dvorak’s Jacobin. In spring 2012 he will make his debut with the Flying Dutchman at the New National Theatre Tokyo.

In the preseasons Tomas Netopil conducted new productions at the Opéra National de Paris (Katya Kabanova), at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia Valencia (The Bartered Bride) and at the Teatro Regio Torino (Idomeneo). He has performed at the Staatsoper München, the Salzburger Festspiele, at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Comunale in Bologna and at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Tomas Netopil conducted at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Salzburger Fest-spiele, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, Teatro San Carlo di Napoli, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro Comunale Bologna and Teatro La Fenice Venezia.

In concert he appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Geneve, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Filarmonica della Scala,Accademia Santa Cecilia Roma, Oslo Philharmonic Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole Toulouse,Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Frankfurter Museumsorchester, Staatsorchester Stuttgart, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Weimar, Philharmonie Essen, at the Teatro Sao Carlos Lisboa and Teatro Lirico Cagliari.

Tomas Netopil studied violin and conducting in his native Czech republic as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Prof. Jorma Panula, who has taught many prominent conductors. In 2002 he won the 1st Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, where the jury included Michael Gielen, Gary Bertini, Sylvain Cambreling and Paolo Carignani.

Lawrence Golan

LAWRENCE GOLAN

Lawrence Golan, 3-time Global Music Award winner, is currently in his second season as the Helen N. Jewett Music Director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, central Washington’s premier professional orchestra. During his highly successful inaugural season, Golan helped to dramatically raise the artistic level of the orchestra. In addition, he spearheaded efforts to grow the organization financially as well. In just one year, the YSO increased its budget by 27%, its concert season by 33%, its private donations by 23%, its total ticket revenue by 39%, and single ticket sales more than doubled. Golan and the YSO also won an ASCAP Award for the Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music. Golan’s appointment in Yakima comes on the heels of an equally successful four-year term as Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony. That orchestra’s President and CEO Maryellen Gleason stated that Lawrence Golan was “unequivocally the best Resident Conductor The Phoenix Symphony ever had.”

Music Director Michael Christie said that Golan “is a programmer of virtually unprecedented creativity and scope.” Several of the concerts that Golan programmed, conducted and narrated with The Phoenix Symphony turned out to be the most financially successful and well-attended performances in the history of the orchestra, completely selling out triple concert sets in a 2200-seat hall. Golan continues to guest conduct professional orchestras, opera, and ballet companies in the United States and around the world. Having conducted in 25 U.S. states and 16 countries, recent engagements include performances in Boulder, Macon, Memphis, and Tucson as well as the Czech Republic, Italy, Korea, Taiwan, and a three-week tour of China with the American Festival Orchestra.

A staunch supporter of music education, Golan is a tenured full professor at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he conducts the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre and leads one of the most distinguished and highly sought after graduate conducting programs in the United States. During his time in Denver, Golan has won seven consecutive Outstanding Merit Awards, six ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music, and two Downbeat Magazine Awards for “Best College Symphony Orchestra”. The Lamont School of Music’s director, Joseph Docksey, has called Golan’s work there “nothing short of astounding.” Each summer, Golan teaches at the renowned Conductor’s Institute at Bard College in New York. Along with JoAnn Falletta, he was recently asked to join the Conductors Guild’s prestigious Mentoring Committee, which makes itself available to advise conductors from all over the world.

In addition to those mentioned above, Golan has received numerous other awards and honors. Along with Warren Deck of the New York Philharmonic, Golan was recently inducted into Pi Kappa Lamda, the prestigious national honor society for distinguished musicians. In 2010, Golan was selected as a finalist for the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.

Lawrence Golan is known for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, passion for developing new audiences, and excellent public speaking skills—entertaining and/or educating the audience from both on and off the podium. He is also recognized for his expertise in the complete spectrum of musical styles and periods. He has worked with artists ranging from Leonard Bernstein, Marilyn Horne, Daniel Barenboim and Joshua Bell to Frank Sinatra, Kenny G and ShaNaNa.

Golan’s deep commitment to community outreach and audience development goes back several years. Earlier in his career, he founded the Atlantic Chamber Orchestra with the sole purpose of developing new audiences for classical music by making it more relevant and exciting. He created concert events specifically designed to bring in new listeners, and the successes he had in that endeavor led the Conductors Guild to invite him to speak at their national conference on the subject of developing 21st century audiences.

A native of Chicago, Lawrence Golan holds degrees in both conducting and violin performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music (B.M. and M.M.) and the New England Conservatory of Music (D.M.A.). In addition, he studied at all of the major conducting festivals including Aspen and Tanglewood, where in 1999 he was awarded the Leonard Bernstein Conducting Fellowship. The long list of distinguished conductors with whom Mr. Golan studied includes Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, David Zinman, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Murry Sidlin, and Harold Farberman.

Mr. Golan has made several recordings with the Moravian Philharmonic on the Albany Records label. His recording of Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 has been highly praised by critics: “This is a world-class recording. It is refreshing to hear a recording of a well-known work of concert repertoire done so honestly and so beautifully.” (Robin McNeil, In Denver Times). ?It stands up to many more-familiar recordings.? (Richard Nilsen,The Arizona Republic). That CD also features Tchaikovsky 6.1 by Peter Boyer, a work that Golan commissioned and premiered. Funky Little Crustaceans features orchestral music by Colorado composer William Hill, and Visions,Dreams & Memories is a collection of works for Native American flute and orchestra with James Pellerite, former Principal Flutist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and now one of the world’s premiere Native American flutists. Golan’s most recent recording, and his first with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Symphony No. 7 & Beethoven 7.1 by William Hill, will be released by Albany Records later this year.

Following in the footsteps of his father Joseph Golan, longtime Principal Second Violinist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Golan is also an accomplished violinist. He was Concertmaster of the Portland Symphony Orchestra for eleven years, has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, and has made several commercially available recordings as a violinist. His recording entitled Indian Summer: The Music of George Perlman won two Global Music Awards in 2011. It is treasured by young violin students and their teachers and is regarded as a very helpful and inspiring pedagogical aide.

Lawrence Golan’s edition and reduced orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker is published by Spurwink River Publishing and is used by orchestras and ballet companies across North America. His scholarly-performing edition of the solo violin works of J. S. Bach that includes a handbook on Baroque Performance Practice, and The Lawrence Golan Violin Scale System are both published by Mel Bay Publications. His Fantasia for Solo Violin is published by Ludwig Music and won the Global Music Award for composition in 2011.

Lawrence and his wife Cecilia, who is from Buenos Aires, Argentina, have been married since 2003. They have a wonderful little girl named Giovanna.

Lawrence Golan is represented by William Reinert Associates in New York. For more information, please visit www.LawrenceGolan.com or www.WilliamReinert.com.

Markand Thakar

Markand Thakar

Markand Thakar is Music Director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and a member of the graduate conducting faculty of the Peabody Conservatory.

A former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Maestro Thakar’s appearances include concerts and a national radio broadcast with that orchestra; as well as concerts with the National, San Antonio, Columbus, Fort Worth, Alabama, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Amarillo, Charlotte, Wichita, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Richmond, Colorado Springs, Greensboro, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Windsor, Flint, Maryland, Ann Arbor, National Gallery, Waterbury, Annapolis, and Florida West Coast symphony orchestras; the Calgary, Louisiana, Long Island, and Ulsan (South Korea) philharmonics; and the Boston Pro Arte, National and Cleveland chamber orchestras; and opera productions with the Baltimore Opera Theater, the Teatro Lirico d’Europa, Opera on the James, and the Duluth Festival Opera. A frequent guest conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Thakar has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and with Itzhak Perlman and the Boulder Philharmonic, and is a winner of the Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation Award. Familiar to national radio audiences as a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Performance Today, he has appeared on CBS This Morning and CNN conducting the Colorado Symphony.

With BCO Thakar has recorded three CDs for the Naxos label, including disks of concertos by Classical Era masters Stamitz, Hoffmeister and Pleyel, and music by Jonathan Leshnoff on the American Classics imprint, named to Naxos’ “Best of the Best” list. BCO traveled to China to perform a series of Viennese New Year’s concerts, and recent a performance in New York earned a warm review from the New York Times, which praised the group’s “warmth and substance.” During his 12-year tenure in Duluth, the DSSO saw dramatic growth in both audience and artistic prominence, to what Minnesota Public Radio called “Minnesota’s other great orchestra.”

Noted internationally as a pedagogue, his two annual intensive conducting programs with BCO have drawn conductors from five continents. His Peabody students have won significant conducting positions across North America and internationally, including music directorships with the Aachen (Germany), Winnipeg, Hartford, Eugene, Charleston, Lubbock, Muncie, Williamsport, Amarillo, Young Musician’s Foundation, Lake Forest, Mid-Atlantic, Sioux City, Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Lake Charles, Washington-Idaho, and Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestras; staff conducting positions with the Metropolitan Opera and the orchestras of Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Dallas, Seattle, Saint Louis, Portland (OR), Richmond, Winnipeg, Portland (ME), Buffalo, Phoenix, Charlotte, Kansas City, Canton, Winston-Salem, and El Paso; as well as numerous collegiate positions.

Formerly associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Eugene Symphony’s “NightMusic” pops series, Maestro Thakar was music director and conductor of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra in New York City, the Barnard-Columbia Philharmonia, the Classical Symphony of Cincinnati, the Penn’s Woods Philharmonia, and the National Festival Orchestra of the Great Lakes Festival of Musical Arts.

Thakar was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for study of orchestral conducting in Romania, and is a past winner of the national Exxon Conductors Program auditions. He earned a bachelor’s degree in composition and violin performance from The Juilliard School, a master’s degree in music theory from Columbia University, and a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory, and he undertook special studies in orchestral conducting at the Curtis Institute and the Ciprian Porumbescu Conservatory in Bucharest, Romania. Other conducting studies were with Gustav Meier, Max Rudolf and Peter Perret.

Most significant was his work conducting the Munich Philharmonic under the mentorship of Sergiu Celibidache, the legendary former music director of the Berlin Philharmonic. “From Celibidache I came to understand that the ‘magic moments’ that we all experience from time to time can extend – even possibly from the very first sound of a movement through the very last. In such an extended ‘magic moment’ we experience a remarkable transcendence: we accept the sound, we absorb the sound, we become the sound, and in so doing we transcend everyday consciousness of time and space; we touch our conscious soul in a most remarkable way. My driving interest has been an exploration of the conditions – from the composer, from us performers, and from the listener – that allow this most profoundly exquisite, life-affirming experience.” 

Thakar, is the author of three seminal books. On the Principles and Practice of Conducting (University of Rochester Press, 2016) is a manual for acquiring necessary and invaluable skills and understandings. Looking for the “Harp” Quartet; An Investigation into Musical Beauty (University of Rochester Press, 2011) is a journey through the experience of musical beauty from the standpoint of the composer, performer and listener. The book is described as “a 225-page tour de force,” and “an exercise in academic excellence and a seminal contribution for personal, professional, and academic classical music studies” (Midwest Book Review). Counterpoint: Fundamentals of Music Making (published in English by Yale University Press, 1990) also issued in Italian and Czech) uses species counterpoint to promote an understanding of how both composer and performer contribute to the experience of musical beauty. 

Neil Varon

Neil Varon

Neil Varon’s conducting career spans 40 years and several continents. Born in New York in 1950, Varon studied piano, composition, and conducting at the Juilliard School. After early stations in Istanbul, Vienna and Nuernberg , he was named first Kapellmeister of the Deutsche Opera am Rhein in Düsseldorf in 1981, and in 1987 he became music director of the Südwestfälische Philharmonic. He kept this position until 1991, when he was appointed general music director of the City of Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In that capacity, he brought international names to his theater, including Helen Donath, Frank Peter Zimmermann, and Franco Gulli.

Varon has been a frequent guest in Asia. He conducted the Korean Symphony in Seoul, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony in Tokyo, and the Kyushu Philharmonic in Fukuoka. In 1991 and 1992 he led the Tokyo Philharmonic in a series of performances of The Magic Flute for the Mozart Festival in Japan. In December 2014, Varon led the Daegu Symphony Orchestra and four combined choruses in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony for the year-end celebratory concert in Daegu, South Korea. In February 2015, he conducted four performances of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro at the Chan Center for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, British Columbia.,

After completing his second term as general music director of Gelsenkirchen in 1996, Varon concentrated on international guest performances for the next several years. In 1996, he performed in Japan and Korea with the Chamber Orchestra of Kanazawa, the orchestra of the Toho Gakuen Academy (Toyama), and the Suwon Philharmonic, Korea. He also led performances with the Frankfurter Chamber Orchestra in Milan, and the Norddeutsche Philharmonie in Rostock. In 1997, he conducted Humperdinck’s lesser known opera Die Konigskinder at the Sarasota Opera. His 1998 performance of Die Fledermaus at Hamilton’s “Opera Ontario” was broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company. In 1999, Varon made his Swedish debut in Malmö, performing Puccini’s Turandot to great critical acclaim. In 2000, he returned to the Staatsorchester Frankfurt-Oder, and to Sweden for the revival of Turandot and performances of La Fille du Régiment and Die Fledermaus. In 2001, He made his debut at the Opera of Vancouver with Fledermaus. In 2002, he conducted a new production of Gounod’s Faust at the Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, and new productions of Dido and Aeneas and Gianni Schicchi at UBC in Vancouver.

Varon has conducted at the Hamburg State Opera, Nürnberg Opera, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Stuttgart Opera, Berlin Staatsoper, and New York City Opera, as well as the Haydn Orchester in Bolzano, Italy, the Conservatory Orchestra at the Toho Gakuen Conservatory in Tokyo, and the Philharmonia Hungarica. He directed the German premiere of Un Re in Ascolta by Luciano Berio in Düsseldorf, and the world premiere of Erinys by Volker David Kirchner in Wuppertal.

He made his Portuguese debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, with the renowned violinist Maxim Vengerov. He returned to conduct this orchestra in summer 2003 for the Vendome International Piano Competition in Sintra, Portugal. Varon continues to appear as guest conductor of operas, symphonies, and music festivals throughout Europe and Asia. His concerts have been broadcast by the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, RIAS Berlin, RTL Luxembourg, and the Bayerische Rundfunk.

Neil Varon was named Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman School Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras in 2002. He was appointed full professor with tenure at Eastman in 2005, and has since developed very successful summer orchestral conducting master classes with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also taught conducting master classes in Cologne, Siegen, and Nuremberg in 2010, and made his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic in 2011.

Nicholas Carthy

NICHOLAS CARTHY

Nicholas Carthy was born in Bedford, England. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Mary Peppin and John York, and won an Austrian government scholarship to study at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Hans Leygraf.

After completing his studies he became a Kapellmeister at the Landestheater Salzburg where he made his operatic debut conducting Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”. During this time he was also an assistant at the Salzburg Festival, working closely with both Bernard Haitink and Sir Georg Solti. In April 1990 Daniel Barenboim invited him to assist in the recording of “Don Giovanni” in Berlin with the result that Carthy became Barenboim’s assistant for the next two years working in Chicago for the Mozart/DaPonte series, in Paris on “Wozzeck”, and in Bayreuth. In June 1992, Nicholas Carthy was appointed Musical Director of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana. Under his stewardship the orchestra received invitations to perform at the Lucerne Festival, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Goldener Musikvereinssaal in Vienna.

As a guest-conductor Nicholas Carthy has worked with orchestras including, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Königliche Hofkapelle Stockholm, Orchestra RAI di Torino, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra San Carlo di Napoli, Accademia Filarmonica Roma, Orchestra Teatro Reggio Torino, Orchestra Sinfonica del Piemonte, L’Orchestra Filarmonica di Torino, Orchestra di Padua e del Veneto, Wiener Volksopernorchester, Israel Contemporary Players, Stadtorchester Winterthur, RSO Prag, Slowakische Philharmonie, Slowenische Philharmonie, Orquesta de San Sebastian and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia di Roma, where he worked closely with Luciano Berio on several projects; and with soloists including Radu Lupu, Alicia de Larrocha, Natalia Gutman, Viktoria Mullova, Waltraud Meier, Daniela Barcellona, Robert Dean Smith, Wolfgang Holzmair.

He is a passionate advocate of contemporary music and has conducted many first performances including the first Swedish, Israeli, Swiss and Italian performances of Thomas Adès “Powder Her Face”.

Beside his activities as a conductor, Nicholas Carthy is a much sought-after accompanist. He has performed in many of the great halls of the world such as Carnegie Hall, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bolschoi Theatre, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, La Scala, La Fenice, Santa Cecilia, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Berlin State Opera, and at Festivals in Salzburg, Bad Kissingen, München, Schleswig-Holstein and the Schubertiade in Hohenems.

His work as a musical educator has taken him all over the world. From 1996 to 2002 he was a guest professor at the opera school in Stockholm and is Musical director of the Portland State University Summer Programme. He is Professor of music and Opera Music Director at the University of Colorado, and visiting tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. Carthy gives master-classes in opera schools and conservatories throughout Europe and the U.S.A, as well as conducting youth orchestra seminars in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Italy and Norway. He also sits on the Jury of several international piano and singing competitions. Nicholas Carthy broadcasts regularly as conductor and pianist.

Tsung Yeh

TSUNG YEH

Maestro Yeh Tsung, better known as Tsung Yeh, has been the music director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra (SCO) since 2002. Currently also the music director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Yeh is the world’s first conductor to hold music directorship of a Western symphony orchestra and a Chinese orchestra simultaneously. 

In 1984, Yeh won the Exxon/Arts Endowment Award, which marked the beginning of his career as an orchestra conductor. With the prize, he became the principal conductor of the St Louis Youth Orchestra and assistant conductor of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra for three years. During this period, he studied under famous American conductor Leonard Slatkin, who sparked his appreciation for contemporary American composers. From 1987 to 1989, Maestro Yeh served as the resident conductor of the Florida Orchestra in Tampa as well as the principal guest conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra in New York.

Tsung Yeh was appointed music director of South Bend Symphony Orchestra in Indiana – a position that he still holds. Under his directorship, the orchestra developed into one of the best regional orchestras in central US. In 1995, Yeh and the orchestra were conferred the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award for Excellence in Programming and Performing. in 1991 Yeh won a mentorship program with celebrated conductor Daniel Barenboim and in November of the same year he caught international limelight when he replaced an unwell Barenboim on short notice, and successfully led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program that featured world-renowned pianist Alfred Brendel. Mr. Yeh was also the music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2000, and has taught conducting at workshops hosted by the Conductors Guild.

Also dedicated to nurturing and creating opportunities for young musicians, conductors and composers, Maestro Yeh established the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra in 2003. The SICCOC introduced in 2006 is also part of his effort to seek out and develop young musical talent.

He is the principal conductor of Beijing’s Hua Xia Chamber Ensemble and a founder of the Shanghai New Ensemble, as well as a former music director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In addition, Yeh has been guest-conducting orchestras in European countries such as France, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic, as well as China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in the East.

Outside the US and Singapore, Maestro Yeh is also actively involved in conducting and teaching engagements in other parts of the world. With his growing reputation as a conducting instructor, Yeh teaches regularly at conducting workshops in Europe and Asia. 

For his contributions to the local arts through his work with the SCO, Tsung Yeh was honored with the Cultural Medallion in 2013.