Canadian Conductor Kenneth Hsieh has emerged as one of the rising young conductors to watch.The winner of the 2006 Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestra Conducting and 2005 Heinz Unger Prize Award in Conducting, Ken is currently Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
Ken recently finished his tenure as Conductor-in-Residence/Assistant Conductor with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (2004-2007), where he conducted over 100 performances from the Main Subscription series to lighter and pops series concerts. He has collaborated with a wide range of distinguished artists such as Janina Fialkowska, Ryu Goto, Anastasia Chebetorova, Holly Cole, Natalie McMaster, Donnell Leahy, Three Celtic Tenors, and John Pizzarelli. Several of his concerts this season have been recorded live and broadcasted on CBC Radio across Canada. His concerts have also been featured on Taiwan Television and Radio, and Fuji Television in Japan.
Remaining dedicated to promoting young artists and education; Ken works often with Youth orchestras and more recently conducted the Japan Junior Philharmonic Orchestra as their summer session conductor in a series of concerts that included a benefit concert for the United Nations (World Food Program) in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space.
Ken is a graduate of both the Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of British Columbia where he majored in piano and percussion. He completed his post-graduate studies in orchestral conducting in Japan at the Toho Gakuen School of Music and the Senzoku College of Music on a full scholarship. Ken’s conducting professors include: Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Morihiro Okabe, Yuji Yuasa, and Jorma Panula.
During his studies, Ken came to the attention of Seikyo Kim and was appointed as his assistant. He was subsequently appointed Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Music Festival (founded by Leonard Bernstein) where he worked with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra and the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra. Prior to this appointment, Ken prepared the Geidai Philhamonia for the Martha Argerich Festival in Beppu later conducted by Antonio Pappano.
He has served as an assistant and collaborator to Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart, Krzysztof Penderecki, Bramwell Tovey, Boris Brott, Yutaka Sado, among others. Previous posts have included positions with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra and the Vancouver Sinfonietta Orchestra.
In addition, Ken has been a guest conductor with orchestras in Europe, Taiwan, Canada, and Japan; including the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Gunma Symphony Orchestra, Hyogo Performing Arts Centre Orchestra, CBC Radio Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra London, Siena Wind Orchestra, and the Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.