The Singaporean conductor Kahchun Wong came to international attention as winner of the Mahler Competition in May 2016, following in the footsteps of Gustavo Dudamel, who immediately appointed him as a conducting fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2016–17 season. Following a remarkable last-minute debut with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra in October 2016, he was appointed as its next chief conductor, beginning in the 2018–19 season. Kahchun Wong’s highlights in 2017 and 2018 include European debuts with the Czech Philharmonic, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Weimar Staatskapelle, Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic, Orchestre philharmonique du Luxembourg, Teatro lirico Giuseppe Verdi di Trieste, and Valencia Orchestra; Asian debuts with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra, Taiwanand returns to the Bamberg Symphony, China Philharmonic, George Enescu Philharmonic, Kunming Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, and Singapore Symphony orchestras. Together with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, he embarked on an extensive tour of China in December 2017, and in summer 2018 leads Klassik Open Air, the largest European outdoor festival of classical music. A protégé of the late Kurt Masur, Kahchun Wong had the privilege of sharing the podium with him on multiple occasions in his last years. He has also assisted Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as well as Valery Gergiev and Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. In January 2018 he assists Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra on its North American tour.
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