Associate Conductor for The Shepherd School of Music, Jerry Hou is quickly gaining recognition as a versatile and exciting young conductor. For the past five 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 in the U.S. premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras. In the summer of 2013, he 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 leads the Shepherd School Contemporary Ensemble and Hear&Now. Beyond Rice University, Mr. Hou serves as Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival. A passionate advocate of contemporary music, he has collaborated with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Gyorgy Kurtag, Luca Francesconi, Steve Reich, George Lewis, Bernard Rands, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Unsuk Chin, Brett Dean, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, and Peter Eötvös.
Born in Taiwan, Mr. Hou received his early musical training in Chicago and Minneapolis. After completing a master’s degree from the Shepherd School, 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 has conducted orchestras such as the Houston Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Rochester Philharmonic BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as contemporary music groups including Ensemble Modern, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Slee Sinfonietta, Alarm Will Sound, and Ensemble Signal.