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Jerome Hoberman

Location: Hong Kong
Jerome HobermanMusic Director and Conductor of The Hong Kong Bach Choir & Orchestra since 1992, Jerome Hoberman is praised by critics as an artist whose “sure authority [and] attention to rhythmic precision and dynamic shading produced excellent results.” He has been enthusiastically received as a guest conductor by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Shanghai Philharmonic and Shanghai Symphony orchestras in China, Muntenia Philharmonic in Romania, Ukraine State Symphony in Kiev and, in the United States, the South Bend and Washington Idaho symphonies and Cincinnati’s Immanuel Opera, resulting in frequent re-invitations and offers of permanent posts. Festival appearances include the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and the Baguio Cathedral International Music Festival (Philippines), which he recently inaugurated to remarkable acclaim. Hoberman’s previous music directorships include the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and the Nittany Valley Symphony in Pennsylvania. He created The Hong Kong Bach Orchestra in 1995 as a fully-professional partner of The Bach Choir. A strong advocate of new and unusual music, with an eclectic repertoire, he has given many significant first performances, introducing the music of the distinguished Polish composer Witold Lutosławski to the Peoples Republic of China and of the eminent Italian composer Luigi Dallapiccola to Kiev, leading the first Shanghai performance of Chen Pei-xun’s "Ode to the Snow" and Hong Kong premieres of works by Chadwick, Dallapiccola, Górecki, Harbison, Honegger, Janáček, Larsen, Orff, Pärt, Satie, Schnittke, Tavener, Tippett and Vaughan Williams, among others.In Shanghai he led the first performances of concertos for harpsichord and for double bass to be heard in that city, and in Hong Kong he has directed world premieres of music by numerous local composers. Hoberman’s performance with The Bach Choir and Orchestra of Tippett’s "A Child of Our Time" was Hong Kong’s principal commemoration of the Tippett centennial in 2005, and in 2006 he gave the Hong Kong première of Honegger’s biblical oratorio "Le Roi David" as part of the city’s annual spring festival of French culture. Upcoming performances include the Hong Kong première of Hector Berlioz’s early "Messe solennelle." In recent years Hoberman has increased his work with training orchestras, including the Hong Kong Youth Symphony, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of Hong Kong and the Wan Fang Youth Symphony, based at Shanghai Normal University. From 1992 to 2000 he was director of the Hong Kong Baptist University Orchestra (which he re-established after a hiatus of several years). Previously, he directed the University of Notre Dame Orchestra in the United States. He has also taught at the universities of Wisconsin and Hong Kong, and established a Conductor Apprentice Program under the auspices of The Bach Choir, which has trained several talented young artists to take leading roles in the musical lives of Hong Kong and Macau. Born in New Jersey, Hoberman attended school in Manhattan. He holds degrees from Brandeis University, the University of Wisconsin and the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a doctorate with a dissertation on American composer Roger Sessions. He was a conducting fellow of the Aspen Music Festival, and studied additionally at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute; in Jerusalem, Israel; Siena, Italy and Hilversum, Holland. His teachers include Sergiu Celibidache, Igor Markevitch, Jean Fournet and Georg Solti. (December 2008)

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