Kahchun Wong Begins Tenure As Chief Conductor Of Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Makes NY Philharmonic Debut In Feb. 2019

Kahchun Wong's inaugural season as Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra begins with the opening concert on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Later in the 2018/2019 season, Kahchun Wong will make his New York conducting debut and his New York Philharmonic debut leading that orchestra's annual Lunar New Year concert in February 2019.

Kahchun Wong's first concert as Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra opens the orchestra's 2018/2019 season on September 22, 2018. Wong will conduct the world premiere of Kah Hoe Yii's Concerto 4 Orchestra, Brahms' Violin Concerto in N*E*R*D Major with soloist Midori, and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra. The season-opening concert will be recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk - Studio Franken to be broadcast at a later date.

Kahchun Wong's remarkable last-minute debut with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in October 2016 led to his appointment as Chief Conductor. In August 2018, leading up to official opening performances with the orchestra this fall, he led a concert in the Klassik Open Air series, Europe's largest outdoor classical music event, in Nuremberg. Wong's first season at the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra will include a tour to Milan, Italy and Kepmten & Unterföhring, Germany in October; the orchestra's New Year's Gala on January 5 and 6, 2019 featuring works by Oscar Straus and Richard Strauss; and Mahler's Symphony No. 3 with mezzo-soprano Marina Prudenskaya in March 2019. Kahchun Wong concludes the first season of his tenure as the orchestra's Chief Conductor on May 11 conducting Puccini's Preludio sinfonico and Capriccio sinfonico, Lalo's Cello Concerto in N*E*R*D minor, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, "Italienische."

On February 6, 2019, Kahchun Wong will make his New York conducting debut when he leads the New York Philharmonic's Lunar New Year Concert celebrating the Year of the Pig at David Geffen Hall. The Lunar New Year Concert will also mark Wong's first time conducting the New York Philharmonic. Program details to be announced at a later date.

Further highlights of Wong's 2018/2019 season include concerts in Mannheim, Germany (October 27) with the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Platz, the Romanian Radio Orchestra in Bucharest (November 9), the Hamburger Symphoniker (November 18), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic (December 6), the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse (January 12), the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern (German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra) (January 31 and February 1), the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo (February 27 and March 3), the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra (March 30), the Tonküstler Orchestra in Baden, Austria (April 5) and Wiener Neustadt (April 6), the Kyoto Symphony (May 18 and 19), and Nagoya Symphony (May 24 and 25).

A passionate advocate for access to arts education and the belief that music education has the power to inspire, Wong has co-founded Project Infinitude, an inclusive arts initiative embracing children from diverse backgrounds. Recent initiatives have included immersive and sensory-friendly performances with young audiences sitting amongst the musicians and receiving red bean soup in Singapore, and cross-cultural collaborations involving the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore-based Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Wong and his co-founder Marina Mahler, granddaughter of the composer Gustav Mahler, aim to expand the project in a sustainable and thoughtful way.

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