Ontario Arts Council

Ontario Arts Council

September 29, 2005 08:00 ET

Emerging Vancouver Conductor Wins Ontario Arts Council Award

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Education Editor, News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 29, 2005) - Twenty-five-year-old conductor, Kenneth Hsieh is the recipient of the 2005 Heinz Unger Award. The $5,000 award is presented every two years to encourage and highlight the accomplishments of a young or mid-career Canadian conductor.

The three jurors of this year's award, Rob Gloor, Executive Director, Orchestra London (Ontario), Nora Shulman, principal flautist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and
Rennie Regehr, Dean of the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School in Toronto were impressed by Hsieh's accomplishments for a conductor of his age. They noted Hsieh's exceptional conducting technique and musicianship and his strong leadership qualities.

Hsieh will be conducting the Spanish Nights program for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at 2 p.m. on October 6, 2005 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Kenneth Hsieh graduated from conducting programs in Japan, the Toho Gakuen School of Music and Senzoku College of Music, in 2004. He quickly garnered attention in classical music circles across Canada. Currently, Hsieh is Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Music Director Bramwell Tovey. Hsieh co-founded the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra where he is also Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, as a way of providing fellow young musicians performance and training opportunities. He created the position of Composer in Residence at the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra to support and promote Canadian music.

In 1968, the York Concert Society set up the Heinz Unger Award in recognition of its music director. The Ontario Arts Council administers the award selection process and the Dr. Heinz Unger Scholarship Fund. Nominations are solicited through the Orchestras Canada membership. A panel of experts from the music community selects the winner. The award was last given out in 2000 after which a review of the nomination process was undertaken.
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Contact Information

  • Kirsten Gunter, Communications Manager, Ontario Arts Council
    Primary Phone: 416-969-7403
    Toll-Free: 800-387-0058
    E-mail: kgunter@arts.on.ca