Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

RNCM appoints Rebecca Tong as junior conducting fellow

12:13, 13th February 2018

The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) has appointed Rebecca Tong as its new junior fellow in conducting, a role commencing in September.

She will receive tuition from Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell and visiting conductors, as well as conducting the RNCM Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and benefiting from the College’s links with the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata.

A native Indonesian of Chinese decent, Tong is currently resident conductor of the Jakarta Sinfonia Orchestra. She completed her master’s in orchestral conducting at College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati with Mark Gibson, and last season was CCM conducting fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

She said: ‘I am very grateful to have been chosen as the new
junior fellow in conducting; it was certainly a surprise to win the position after competing against talented young conductors from all over the world.

‘I can’t wait to make Manchester my home for the next two years, to work with such wonderful conductors at the RNCM and to assist in some of Britain’s top professional orchestras.’

Previous RNCM junior fellows in conducting include André de Ridder (principal conductor, Ensemble ViVA), Garry Walker (chief conductor of the Rhenish State Orchestra), Gergely Madaras (inaugural recipient of the Charles Mackerras Fellowship at English National Opera and music director of the Orchestre Dijon Bourgogne), and Alexandre Bloch (formerly assistant conductor at London Symphony Orchestra).

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