Guest Conductor – Ms. Chaowen Ting

Ms. Chaowen Ting, recently named Music Director of NANOWorks Opera (North American New Opera Workshops), Chaowen Ting’s conducting has been hailed as “brilliant” and that her “conducting style communicated a clear sense of direction for the orchestra and the audience,” “a remarkable job with the many nuances on this stunningly beautiful selection.”

A passionate advocate of new music and living composers, Ting has actively commissioned and conducted premieres of new works for orchestra and wind ensemble. Composers she has commissioned in the recent years include emerging talents such as Jennifer Jolley, Ian Dicke, Timofey Buzina, Alessandra Salvati, and Hsin-Lei Chen. Ting is also a four-time performance grant recipient awarded by the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy for her commitment to promoting women composers. In 2013, she won the prestigious Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship and served as Conducting Fellow of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

In addition to her symphonic repertoire, Ting also shares the passion and love for opera. In 2016, Tingwas one of six conducting fellows chosen from international field to participate in The Dallas Opera’sHart Institute for Women Conductors and conducted the Dallas Opera Orchestra in two Institute concerts. In May 2017, Ting conducts a workshop for the Opera Philadelphia Composer-in-Residence Program where she collaborates with Rene Orth, recipient of the Opera America’s Female ComposersGrant on developing her new opera entitled, Machine. Opera productions she directed receivedhonors from National Opera Association’s Opera Production Competitions in two consecutive years of 2010 and 2011.

A protégé of Bernard Haitink, Ting studied with the maestro at the Lucerne Festival and was later invited by Haitink to observe his work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Ting was appointed as Conducting Fellow of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2012 and has conducted the RPO in its matinee concert. Former positions she held include Conductor and Music Director of the Cincinnati Sinfonietta, Conductor of the Mercer/Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Apprentice Conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the U.S., she has conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra (UK), Lucerne Festival Strings (Switzerland), Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (Norway), Suedwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz (Germany), Mihail Jora Bacau Philharmonic (Romania), Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Croatia), and St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic (Russia) in workshops and competitions, and guest conducted the Orquesta Filarmónica de Honduras (Honduras) in 2009.

Ting’s work is driven by the passion for demystifying classical music as outdated and out of reach. She creates innovative concert experiences that are relevant to the community and organizes regular performances for underserved groups like autism clinics, refugee centers, and children’s hospital. Tingfounded Café Momus Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group combining contemporary music and theater and serves as Principal Guest Conductor of ensemble vim, a new music ensemble featuring southeastern artists with cross-disciplinary performances. Ting also serves as Conductor of the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. A native of Taiwan, Ting studied conducting at the Eastman School of Music, College-Conservatory of Music, and Mercer University. Her mentors include Neil Varon, Brad Lubman, Mark Gibson and Adrian Gnam.