From: Hong Kong. LA Opera: The Bride of Frankenstein (2024, debut).
A native of Hong Kong based in Los Angeles, Jenny Wong is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Recent conducting engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella Series, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, The Industry, Long Beach Opera, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, Phoenix Chorale, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, as well as the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music. In 2021, Wong was one of nine national recipients of OPERA America’s inaugural Opera Grants for Women Stage Directors and Conductors. Staged and opera works include Peter Sellars’ staging of di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Festival Internacionale Cervantino, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, and in the U.S.), the opera Sweet Land (2021 Award for Best New Opera by the Music Critics’ Association) by Du Yun and Raven Chacon, directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska-Luger, and Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Kate Soper’s Voices from the Killing Jar in collaboration with WildUp.
As chorus master, Wong has prepared choruses for Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and Esa-Pekka Salonen, Susanna Mälkki, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Jaime Martin, Eric Whitacre, María Guinand, and Music Academy of the West, including Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 released by Deutsche Grammophon, winner of the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance, and the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun’s Buddha Passion. This season, chorus master engagements will also include San Francisco Symphony and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Wong was assistant producer of the Master Chorale’s latest album, Eric Whitacre’s The Sacred Veil with Signum Classics.
Wong won two consecutive world champion titles at the World Choir Games (China, 2010) and the International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition (Germany, 2011), conducting the Diocesan Girls' School Choir from Hong Kong. She has been a conducting fellow for the Oregon Bach Festival, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Distinguished Concerts International New York and Hong Kong SingFest, by which she conducted the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and Hong Kong City Chamber Orchestra.
Wong received her doctor of musical arts and master of music from the University of Southern California. She earned her undergraduate degree in voice performance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Learn more at JennyWong-conductor.com.