Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong quickly earned international attention after winning the fifth Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2016. Since then, he has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting conductors of his generation.
After a remarkable last-minute debut with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in October 2016, Mr. Wong was swiftly appointed its next chief conductor, starting in the 2018–19 season. In his inaugural season with the orchestra, he leads a wide range of repertoire, from Beethoven and Mahler to Bartók and Shostakovich, and contemporary composers such as Jörg Widmann, Takashi Yoshimatsu, and Kah Hoe Yii.
In the 2018–19 season Mr. Wong will make his New York Philharmonic debut at the Orchestra’s annual Lunar New Year Concert and Gala, and appears in Europe and Japan with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Tonkunstler Orchestra, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Hamburg, Kyoto, and Nagoya symphony orchestras. In recent seasons he has led concerts with the Czech Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthausorchester, Weimar Staatskapelle, Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestra of Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, Orquesta de València, Tokyo Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, and Singapore Symphony.
Kahchun Wong’s belief in the power of music education to uplift and inspire led him to create, in 2016, Project Infinitude, an inclusive arts initiative that embraces children with special needs in underserved communities and from diverse backgrounds. The non-profit initiative was co-founded with Marina Mahler, granddaughter of the composer Gustav Mahler.