Perry So
Conductor

Winner of the Prokofiev Conducting Competition, Perry So is a young star with a growing profile amongst the world's major orchestras.

Contacts

Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162
Charlotte Marino +44 (0)20 3725 9179

Biography

One of the inaugural Gustavo Dudamel Conducting Fellows of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Perry So received the First and Special Prizes at the 2008 International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg. Recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the Detroit Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Sarasota, Shanghai Symphony and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras, the Houston Symphony, the Rheinische Philharmonie, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Filarmónica de Jalisco as well as return visits to the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, the Cape Philharmonic, Round Top Festival, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

One of the inaugural Gustavo Dudamel Conducting Fellows of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Perry So received the First and Special Prizes at the 2008 International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in St Petersburg. Recent and forthcoming highlights include debuts with the Detroit Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Sarasota, Shanghai Symphony and Guangzhou Symphony orchestras, the Houston Symphony, the Rheinische Philharmonie, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Filarmónica de Jalisco as well as return visits to the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, Det Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, the Cape Philharmonic, Round Top Festival, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Other recent engagements include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Zürcher Kammerorchester, London Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony, State Academic Symphony (Moscow), Queensland, Singapore Symphony and Australian Youth orchestras. He also recently returned to the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra - following his two-year tenure as Associate Conductor, when he redesigned and spearheaded the orchestra’s outreach and education programmes.

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Linda Marks +44 (0)20 3725 9120
Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162
Charlotte Marino +44 (0)20 3725 9179

Reviews

“Perry So is a dynamic young conductor with much to offer an orchestra. His beat is clear, he doesn’t over-conduct, he’s an excellent accompanist, he breathes with his phrases, and he’s able to bring the best out of his musicians. These traits were most evident in the Sibelius “Valse Triste,” which served as the concert’s encore. Here we heard the versatility of this excellent ensemble, taking them from a whisper of a pianissimo to large, never forced and beautiful fortes. It will be interesting to follow his career.” (Your Observer, December 2015)

“Perry So, stepping in for Long Yu, presided over energetic readings of all three works on the program. Youthful energy flowed from So's baton, but so did masterful control. Only the Prokofiev allowed for substantial interpretation, and it was there that So's Houston Symphony debut was most memorable.” (ConcertoNet, November 2015)

“Perry So certainly took the work to heart, controlling dynamics and textures most sensitively, and coaxing both clean lines and considerable intensity out of the orchestra.  His ability to build climaxes with judgment and power was unerring and his ability to maintain concentration and feeling through to the quiet ending was notable.  His orchestral control is really stunning, and the sheer quickness of execution and massed power that he coaxed out of the orchestra is something we do not see that often. This was an inspired concert… Welcome to Vancouver, Perry So!” (Geoffrey Newman, Seen and Heard International, March 2014)

“Perry So is a dynamic young conductor with much to offer an orchestra. His beat is clear, he doesn’t over-conduct, he’s an excellent accompanist, he breathes with his phrases, and he’s able to bring the best out of his musicians. These traits were most evident in the Sibelius “Valse Triste,” which served as the concert’s encore. Here we heard the versatility of this excellent ensemble, taking them from a whisper of a pianissimo to large, never forced and beautiful fortes. It will be interesting to follow his career.” (Your Observer, December 2015)

“Perry So, stepping in for Long Yu, presided over energetic readings of all three works on the program. Youthful energy flowed from So's baton, but so did masterful control. Only the Prokofiev allowed for substantial interpretation, and it was there that So's Houston Symphony debut was most memorable.” (ConcertoNet, November 2015)

“Perry So certainly took the work to heart, controlling dynamics and textures most sensitively, and coaxing both clean lines and considerable intensity out of the orchestra.  His ability to build climaxes with judgment and power was unerring and his ability to maintain concentration and feeling through to the quiet ending was notable.  His orchestral control is really stunning, and the sheer quickness of execution and massed power that he coaxed out of the orchestra is something we do not see that often. This was an inspired concert… Welcome to Vancouver, Perry So!” (Geoffrey Newman, Seen and Heard International, March 2014)

“An up-and-coming young talent with a vigorous interest in plumbing the depths of the music he conducts and a contagiously energetic style on the podium.” (Adam Parker, Charleston Post and Courier, October 2013)

“So – ever wearing his heart on his sleeve – didn’t let a single instance of searing emotion get past us.” (Lindsay Koob, Charleston City Paper, October 2013)

“So [generated] a forthrightness from the orchestra that put it on an equal, if not dominant, footing with soloist Simon Trpceski. Having the Macedonian's keyboard bravura grouting the orchestra's vibrant bricks of sound worked a treat.” (Sam Olluver, South China Morning Post, June 2013)

“His conducting was assured, elegant and animated at the same time, with broad, expressive gestures.” (John Fleming, Tampa Bay Times, April 2013)

“Young conductor Perry So made a very good impression in his appearance with the OSPA orchestra in both concerts, showing his intelligence and musicality from the conductor’s podium once again … It became clear that his youth is not at odds with his maturity and professionalism.” (La Nueva España, April 2012)

“At last week’s premiere, conductor Perry So kept a tight reign on the proceedings while gracefully letting his singers soar.” (Ken Smith, Financial Times, February 2012)

“[In] Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, [he got] a ripe, clear, cohesive string sound [from the Los Angeles Philharmonic].” (The Los Angeles Times, August 2011)

“Gilman and So give [the Korngold Violin Concerto] a stature that makes it fit right in with the Barber. This is not merely a “good” performance…this is a moving, resplendent performance, with the right balance of lyricism and introspection and plenty of virtuosity. Finally, a recording of this concerto that I’ll listen to because I want to, not because I have to for a review!” (Lawrence Hansen, American Record Guide)

“An articulate, precise conductor... So gave individual players within the orchestra the freedom they needed to shape the haunting melodies of Pavane pour une infante défunte without letting the expressive playing tug at the tempo. He conducted Stravinsky's Firebird Suite with the piece's complex rhythms firmly in hand and a clear understanding of the constantly shifting layers of sound... Their take on the final movement was clean, disciplined and crackling with energy.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)