Associate Conductor for the Shepherd School of Music, Jerry Hou is quickly gaining recognition as a versatile and exciting young conductor. For the past two seasons, he has worked closely with the St. Louis Symphony and their music director David Robertson, including assisting the orchestra and an all-star cast of singers at Carnegie Hall for an acclaimed concert performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. Mr. Hou also made his debut with the orchestra last season, in the US premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras. Other debuts this past season included concerts with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Slee Sinfonietta in a portrait concert of Bernard Rands at the June in Buffalo Festival.
Previously, Mr. Hou served as an assistant/cover conductor with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for two seasons. In this capacity, he worked closely with guest conductors and conducted the orchestra in family and educational concerts. In the summer of 2013, Mr. Hou served as an assistant conductor for the Lincoln Center Festival , working with conductor Brad Lubman, Ensemble Signal, and director Chen Shi-Zheng in the festival production of the opera, Monkey: Journey to the West. He has also worked as assistant conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado.
A passionate advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Hou has collaborated with composers such as Bernard Rands, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Harrison Birtwistle, Benedict Mason, Peter Eötvös and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. He recorded several works of Zohn-Muldoon for a CD released in October 2014.
Mr. Hou has conducted orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rochester Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. This season he will return to work with the St. Louis Symphony as well as assist with Luca Francesconi’s opera, Quartett in the South American premiere at the Teatro Colón.
Born in Taiwan, Jerry Hou received his early musical training in Chicago and Minneapolis. After completing a Master’s degree from the Shepherd School of Music, he went to Europe to study contemporary music performance with Pierre Boulez and members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Lucerne Festival Academy and with Peter Eötvös and members of the Ensemble Modern at the Ensemble Modern Academy. Mr. Hou began his formal conducting studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in England with Clark Rundell and Mark Elder, continuing his studies in Germany and Sweden with Jorma Panula and Alan Gilbert. He is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.