Kahchun Wong
(c) Michael Trippel

The Hallé has announced that Kahchun Wong will become Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Manchester based orchestra from September 2024, with an initial contract of five years. Wong takes over from Mark Elder, who will become Conductor Emeritus after 24 years as Music Director with the Hallé.

Born in 1986 in Singapore, Wong started his musical life playing the cornet in his primary school brass band and then composed for wind orchestras during his national service in the military band. He studied opera and orchestral conducting in Berlin, before becoming the first Asian to win the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition.

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