NYO2 2021 Guest Artists
Taiwanese American conductor Mei-Ann Chen has been music director of the MacArthur Award–winning Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011 and artistic director and conductor of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Summer Festival since 2016. In September 2019, Ms. Chen became principal guest conductor of Austria’s recreation–Grosses Orchester Graz and first-ever artistic partner of Houston’s River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO). Acclaimed for infusing orchestras with energy, enthusiasm, and high-level music-making, and galvanizing audiences and communities alike, Ms. Chen is a sought-after guest conductor whose reputation as a compelling communicator has resulted in global popularity.
Engagements in the first half of the 2019–2020 season included debuts with the NDR Radiophilharmonie, Oslo Philharmonic, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Residentie Orkest, as well as return engagements with the Pacific Symphony, Tampere Filharmonia, NorrlandsOperan, and Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester. Upcoming performances include return engagements with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Detroit, Tuscon, and Gävle and Malmö in Sweden, and debuts with the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Basque National Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts, and a subscription series debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.
North American guest credits include the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Oregon, San Diego, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver, to name a few. Overseas, Ms. Chen has guest-conducted the Tonkünstler Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Norwegian Radio Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.
With the Chicago Sinfonietta, Ms. Chen has recorded Project W: Works by Diverse Women Composers (world premiere recordings of newly commissioned American works by Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Reena Esmail, and Jessie Montgomery) and Delights and Dances (world premieres by Michael Abels, An-Lun Huang, and Benjamin Lee), both for Cedille Records. She recorded ROCO’s debut album, ROCO: Visions Take Flight, for Innova Recordings.
Ms. Chen was named one of Musical America’s Top 30 Influencers of 2015 and has received the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras (2012) and first prize at the prestigious Malko Competition (2005). She is also conductor laureate of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
NYO2 2021 Faculty
Mei-Ann Chen, 2021 Guest Conductor
James Ross, Orchestra Director
Joseph Young, Resident Conductor
Julie Desbordes, Assistant Conductor
Yoonshin Song, Concertmaster, Houston Symphony
Justin Bruns, Associate Concertmaster, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Li-Kuo Chang, Assistant Principal Viola, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Anne Martindale Williams, Principal Cello, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Jeffrey Turner, Principal Bass, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer Gunn, Piccolo and Flute, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Erin Hannigan, Principal Oboe, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jonathan Gunn, Associate Professor of Clarinet, The University of Texas at Austin
Andrew Brady, Principal Bassoon, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Denise Tryon, Associate Professor of Horn, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Billy Hunter, Jr., Principal Trumpet, The MET Orchestra
Ava Ordman, Professor of Trombone, Michigan State University
Craig Knox, Principal Tuba, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Jauvon Gilliam, Principal Timpani, National Symphony Orchestra
Marc Damoulakis, Principal Percussion, The Cleveland Orchestra
Faculty subject to change.
Lead Donors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, The Kovner Foundation, and Beatrice Santo Domingo.
Global Ambassadors: Hope and Robert F. Smith, and Maggie and Richard Tsai.
Leadership support for NYO2 is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Major support for NYO2 is provided by Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Joyce and George Wein Foundation, Inc.
Founder Patron: Beatrice Santo Domingo.
With additional funding provided by Ardian US Foundation, Sarah Arison, Ernst & Young LLP, and The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation.
Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.