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Ken Hsieh


Canadian Conductor, Kenneth Hsieh, has emerged as one of the rising young conductors to watch. The winner of the Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting and Heinz Unger Prize Prize in Conducting, Ken is currently Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, Conductor at Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra in Japan, and Artistic Director-designate at Theatre Salo, in Italy.

From 2004-2007, Ken served as Conductor-in-Residence/Assistant Conductor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, where he conducted over 100 performances from the Main Subscription series to lighter and pops series concerts. He has collaborated with a wide range of distinguished artists such as Cyprien Katsaris, Mayuko Kamio, Tamaki Kawakubo, Janina Fialkowska, Ryu Goto, Anastasia Chebetorova, Holly Cole, Natalie McMaster, Ikuyo Nakamichi, Kosuke Atari, Three Celtic Tenors, and John Pizzarelli. Several of his concerts have been recorded live and broadcasted on CBC Radio across Canada. His concerts have also been broadcasted on television in Taiwan, Japan, Canada, and the USA. Ken recently made his France debut with the historical Orchestre Lamoureux, performing at their subscription concert at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Ken is a graduate of both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of British Columbia where he majored in piano and percussion. He completed his post-graduate studies in orchestral conducting in Japan at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Senzoku College of Music on full scholarship. Ken’s conducting professors include: Kurt Masur, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Morihiro Okabe, Yuji Yuasa, Ronald Zollman, and Jorma Panula.

During his studies, Ken came to the attention of Seikyo Kim and was appointed as his assistant. At the age of 22, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Music Festival (founded by Leonard Bernstein) where he worked with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, Ken prepared the Geidai Philhamonia for the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu later conducted by Antonio Pappano.

Remaining dedicated to promoting young artists and education, Ken works often with Youth orchestras including the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Youth Orchestra, BC Honor Orchestra, as well as the Japan Junior Philharmonic Orchestra as their summer session conductor in a series of concerts that included a benefit concert for the United Nations (World Food Program) in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.

Ken has served as an assistant and collaborator to Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bramwell Tovey, Boris Brott, Yutaka Sado, among others. Previous posts have included positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra and the Vancouver Sinfonietta Orchestra.

In addition, Ken has been a guest conductor with orchestras in Europe, Taiwan, Canada, and Japan, including Orchestre Lamoureux, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Osaka Century Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, Siena Wind Orchestra, Evergreen Symphony Orchestra, and has made two recordings with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa on Avex Label.

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