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Perry So
Photo by Ian Christmann
Photo by Ian Christmann
Photo by Miguel Barreto
Photo by Miguel Barreto
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In the 2016-17 Season, conductor Perry So makes his debuts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin, and his German debut with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz. He returns to the Royal Danish Opera for productions of Magic Flute and George Balanchine's ballet Jewels.

Recent highlights include debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Houston, New Jersey, Grand Rapids, Sarasota, Omaha, Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras, the China Philharmonic, the Residentie Orkest in the Hague, and the Israel and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras. The latter he took over with five days' notice, and was immediately re-invited for the following season. Following his stint as conducting fellow at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he has been a frequent guest both at Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Bringing to a close his four years at the Hong Kong Philharmonic, first as Assistant, then Associate Conductor, he led the orchestra with Lang Lang in an internationally televised celebration of the 15th Anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China. He toured the Balkan Peninsula with the Zagreb Philharmonic in the first series of cultural exchanges established after the breakup of Yugoslavia.

An inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he received the First and Special Prizes at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg. His recording of Barber and Korngold's Violin Concertos with violinist Alexander Gilman and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the Diapason d’Or in January 2012.

His broad musical interests are reflected in his wide-ranging programming, including numerous world premieres on four continents and reintroducing works into the repertoire from the Renaissance and the Baroque. He has conducted productions of Mozart's Così fan tutte and Die Zauberflöte, Britten's Turn of the Screw, Handel's Giulio Cesare, Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, Bernstein's Candide, and Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. His passion for working with young musicians has taken him to the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Round Top Festival, the Manhattan School of Music, the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts, and the 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 studied Comparative Literature at Yale University.
Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition