American conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong is the music director of both the Eugene Symphony in Oregon and the Santa Rosa Symphony at the Green Music Center in Northern California. He is recognized for dynamic performances, fresh programming, and deep commitment to commissioning and performing new music, as well as to community outreach. Mr. Lecce-Chong has already appeared with orchestras around the world, including the San Francisco, National, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and St. Louis symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and he has collaborated with top soloists such as Renée Fleming and Itzhak Perlman.
In spring 2019 Mr. Lecce-Chong debuted in subscription concerts with the San Francisco Symphony. Other subscription debuts have included the Colorado Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Xi’An Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lecce-Chong also returned to the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony. The 2019–20 season marks his New York Philharmonic debut on its legendary Young People’s Concerts series.
Among Francesco Lecce-Chong’s distinctions is the prestigious Solti Foundation Award. Also trained as a pianist and composer, he completed his studies at the Curtis Institute of Music with Otto-Werner Mueller after attending the Mannes College of Music and Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy. Mr. Lecce-Chong has had the privilege of being mentored and supported by celebrated conductors, including Bernard Haitink, David Zinman, Edo de Waart, Manfred Honeck, Donald Runnicles, and Michael Tilson Thomas.