ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND CONDUCTOR
Described by Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) as an “impressive conductor…outstanding in his attention to detail and his command of the big picture”, Hong Kong-born conductor Ho-Yin Kwok is the winner of 2017-2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition. He currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in the Twin Cities, Minnesota.
Previously, Ho-Yin served as assistant conductor of Collegium Musicum Hong Kong and Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra. Their numerous international tours include concerts in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Europe, and Southern China. Other previous conducting positions include conductor of Sacred Heart Canossian College Orchestra and St. Stephen’s College Orchestra, with which he made his debut in Großer Musikvereinssaal, Vienna and won 1st Prize in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival 2014. An avid supporter of new music, Ho-Yin also appeared as conductor for the Center for New Music at the University of Iowa. His professional engagements in 2019 include Conductor of Menotti's The Consul co-presented by Arbeit Opera Theatre and University of Minnesota Opera Theatre and Cover Conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra.
Also a keen violinist, Ho-yin has appeared as soloist with orchestras of the University of Minnesota, University of Iowa, Hong Kong Baptist University, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, Orchestra of Shenzhen Arts School and Hong Kong Youth Symphony Orchestra. His solo performances brought him to Leipzig, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Minneapolis and other cities around the world. An active chamber music player, Ho-Yin was second violinist of Voce String Quartet and violinist of the Chi-fa Trio at the University of Iowa, with which he collaborated with musicians of Ensō String Quartet and played for, among many others, David Shifrin, the Juilliard Quartet, the Pacifica String Quartet, the Brentano String Quartet, Cavani String Quartet, Ying Quartet, and the JACK Quartet. He was concertmaster of Pro Arte Orchestra of Hong Kong, Collegium Musicum Hong Kong, University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Baptist University Symphony Orchestra.
Ho-Yin Kwok is currently a doctoral teaching assistant at the University of Minnesota, where he serves as co-director of the University’s Campus Orchestras program and assistant conductor of the Opera Theatre. In the opera pit, he has led performances of operas such as Mozart's Idomeneo, Britten's Albert Herring, and Puccini's La Bohéme. While in Minnesota, he was selected to the Emerging Conductor Program of the Minnesota Chorale under Artistic Director Kathy Saltzman Romey. Ho-Yin obtained Master in Orchestral Conducting from University of Iowa. Additional studies have taken him to Berlin, where he conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta under the direction of Colin Metters. In 2015, 2016, and 2018, Ho-Yin was selected to be Conducting Fellow of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where he studied intensively with Gerard Schwarz, Grant Cooper, José -Luis Novo and Eric Garcia. His principal conducting teachers are Mark Russell Smith and William LaRue Jones.