PRESETS FOR NORTH AMERICA
Yue Bao, from Shanghai, is currently the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at Curtis Institute of Music, where she works closely with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera..
Ms. Bao has worked extensively both in the States and abroad. She served as a cover conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under the JoAnn Faletta and David Lockington from 2015-2017. In 2016, Ms. Bao made her debut with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at a Family Concert. She also worked with The New Symphony orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra and Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra as a guest conductor. As an assistant conductor, she has worked with Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, M. Tilson Thomas, Osmo Vänskä, Gilbert Varga, Giancarlo Guerrero, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Mark Russell Smith and Karina Canellakis.
Ms. Bao was the only 2018 David Effron Conducting Fellow at Chautauqua Music Festival; she assisted Maestro Rossen Milanov and Timothy Muffitt. She conducted Music School Festival Orchestra in the concerts, which were widely praised and appreciated from musicians and audience. In 2016, She participated International Conducting Workshop and Festival, and was one of the conducting fellows in Eastern Music Festival in 2015.
Equally at home in both symphonic and operatic repertoire, Ms. Bao acted as an assistant Conductor to a production of Bizet’s Carmen at Chautauqua. Her Opera work with the Curtis Opera Studio includes Tchaikovsky’s Onegin, Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel and The Medium. As a pianist, Ms. Bao was the rehearsal pianist of Les Contes d’Hoffman by Offenbach at National Center of Performing Arts in 2013.
Ms. Bao holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Shanghai Conservatory and a Master of Music degree from the Mannes School of Music, both in orchestral conducting and Opera Accompanying. Her former teachers are David Hayes, XiaoOu Zhao and Fugen Wei. Ms. Bao is also a composer.
Award-winning conductor Julie Desbordes leads ensembles in the Americas, Asia and her native France.
Recent guest conducting appearances have included performances with orchestras in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Venezuela and Cuba.
Ms. Desbordes made her conducting debut at age 17 with l’Harmonie Municipale de Limoges, France. Since then, she has led diverse groups, from professional orchestras to community bands to youth ensembles.
Currently based in New York and Baltimore, she is the Artistic Director of two groundbreaking orchestras in New York City: the Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO) and the Turtle Bay Youth Orchestra. With those ensembles, she presents innovative programs of traditional and new repertoire that attract large, enthusiastic audiences.
Prior to those appointments, she garnered praise for her work conducting other New York orchestras, among them, the Chelsea and Litha Symphonies.
Also a leader in the El Sistema movement, she was a featured cast member in the documentary film, Crescendo! The Power of Music, directed by Jamie Bernstein (daughter of Leonard Bernstein), and is a frequent guest conductor at El Sistema programs internationally. In New York, she has taught and conducted hundreds of young musicians participating in El Sistema initiatives such as the Harmony Program and the Corona Youth Music Project.
As both a conductor and an educator, Ms. Desbordes has years of experience developing new audiences for classical music. Beyond New York, in Taiwan each summer, she draws multi-generational audiences to her concerts as conductor of the Tainan Kaoshung Orchestra Festival.
Her success at thrilling audiences arises from both her musical and curatorial abilities. When crafting concert programs, she creates titles and experiences that appeal to performers and listeners alike. When conducting from the podium, she energizes those around her, rousing musicians to play from the heart and motivating
audiences to become loyal followers.
Ms. Desbordes is comparably adept at speaking about music. Whether presenting events for aficionados or young children, she has earned accolades for her way of illuminating the essence of musical expression. As Music Director of QUO, she designs and hosts a variety of pre-concert talks.
Ms. Desbordes holds Master and Bachelor degrees in conducting and trumpet performance from Conservatoires in France and Canada. In 2020, she will complete doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. Her conducting mentors have included Raffi Armenian, Gustav Meier
and Marin Alsop. Learn more about Julie Desbordes and hear recordings of her performances at www.JulieDesbordes.com.
Holly Hyun Choe is a Korean-American conductor and the Music Director of the Orchesterverein Wiedikon (orchesterwiedikon.ch) and the inaugural conductor of the HSG (Hochschule St. Gallen) Alumni Orchester. She was recently selected as one of the the two new Conducting Fellows for the Peter Eötvös Mentoring Program Year 2020.
She has participated in masterclasses with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula, Péter Eötvös, Simone Young, Sylvia Caduff, Larry Rachleff, Don Schleicher, Paul Nadler, Diane Wittry, and Nicholas Pasquet. While living in Boston to attend New England Conservatory, she took private lessons with Joseph Gifford and Ken David Masur. For the past two summers, she was an active conducting student at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival under the guidance of Jaap van Zweden and Johannes Schlaefli. In January 2019, Ms. Choe made her professional debut as a guest conductor with the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester.
She began her musical journey as a self-taught clarinetist at age 13 and received her first private music lesson at age 19, which led her to pursue a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance and music education from the Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University Long Beach. Her first master’s degree was obtained in wind/instrumental conducting from the New England Conservatory with Charles Peltz and is finishing a second master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste with Johannes Schlaefli with a Nebenfach in Opera Conducting with Olaf Storbeck.
During her studies in Switzerland , she has conducted many professional orchestras around the world such as the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Picardie Orchestra, Meininger Hofkapelle and Theater Orchestra, Hofer Symphoniker, Heidelberg Symphony, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Filharmonie Hradec Králové, Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester, Karlovy Vary Symphony, St. Christofer Chamber Orchestra, Pilsen Opera, and the Pazardjik Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ms. Choe has worked in diverse mediums and genres of music: a substitute rehearsal conductor for Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, the main conductor of 2016 ALEA III International Composition Competition, Associate Conductor of the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Shoreline Symphonic Winds, Music Director of The Troupe’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods, and an Artistic Director Intern with Golden State Pops Orchestra where she worked behind the scenes on concerts with top film composers such as Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer, Michael Giacchino, Alan Silvestri, John Powell, Brian Tyler, Lee Holdridge, John Debney, and more. As an avid supporter of new music and living composers, she has conducted world-premieres of living composers from Greece, Mexico, Sweden, China, South Korea, and the USA.
Ms. Choe also holds a strong passion for utilizing music beyond concert platforms. She has worked seven years in summer music camps teaching thousands of high school students, also gave mini-conducting seminars for various audiences ranging from elementary schools, a center for adults with physical/mental disabilities, elderly nursing homes, Immigrant Family Services Institute for Haitian Immigrants, and as a guest artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Arts Museum in Boston. In the future, she also hopes to support research in the integration of music in healthcare and with her career use the power of music to make a meaningful difference in the world.
She is a recipient of the Hirschmann Stiftung Scholarship, Elsie Myer Stipendium and a conducting fellow of the Deutscher Musikrat Dirigentenforum in Germany.