Perry So

Winner of the First and Special Prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg, Perry So most recently made his North American opera début with Yale Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and went on a seven-week tour of South Africa with three orchestras, including the performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Cape Town. Other recent highlights include his European operatic début at Royal Danish Opera (Mozart’s The Magic Flute), débuts with Szezecin Philharmonic and Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra (including a tour to Milan), return visits to Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Royal Danish Ballet, and three weeks of concerts with Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias as its Artistic Partner.  Upcoming highlights include debuts with orchestras in Pamplona and Malaga, Spain, and Tucson, Arizona.

Perry So has conducted orchestras around the world including the Cleveland and Minnesota Orchestras, Houston, Detroit, New Jersey, Israel and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, China Philharmonic and the Residentie Orkest in the Hague. He has been a frequent guest both at Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl following his stint as an inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He led the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Lang Lang in an internationally televised celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China at the close of his four years as Assistant, then Associate Conductor of the orchestra. He toured the Balkan Peninsula with the Zagreb Philharmonic in the first series of cultural exchanges established after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

His recording of Barber’s and Korngold’s Violin Concertos with violinist Alexander Gilman and the Cape Town Philharmonic was awarded Diapason d’Or in 2012. He has also recorded extensively with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and BBC Concert Orchestra.

Perry So is known for his diverse programming, including numerous world premières on four continents and works from the Renaissance and the Baroque. He has conducted productions of Così Fan Tutte, The Turn of the Screw, Giulio Cesare, Gianni Schicchi and Die Fledermaus. His commitment to working with young musicians has taken him to the Australian Youth Orchestra, Round Top Festival, Manhattan School of Music, The Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and Yale School of Music. He has assisted Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel and John Adams.

Born in Hong Kong, Perry So holds a degree in Comparative Literature from Yale University.

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