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December 09, 2022

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announces Su-Han Yang as Assistant Conductor 

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Su-Han Yang will become Assistant Conductor beginning in early 2023. In this capacity, he will host the ISO’s Words on Music pre-concert discussions, conduct the ISO’s annual Discovery Concerts, and assist Classical Series conductors during rehearsals.  

“We are delighted to welcome Su-Han Yang to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,” said James M. Johnson, CEO. “Su-Han’s dedication to performing at the highest artistic level makes him the perfect fit for our talented orchestra. The ISO is also grateful to Jacob Joyce for his contributions to the pursuit of musical excellence as Resident Conductor at the ISO.” 

“After just a few minutes of working with the ISO during the audition, I felt an immense joy making music with the orchestra. I am so grateful and very much looking forward to collaborating with the ISO,” said Yang. 

Yang takes the reins from former ISO Resident Conductor Jacob Joyce, who served for four years in the role. Joyce is now Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. Joyce will conduct the ISO in concerts featuring the music of Britten, Barber and Nielsen this January.

Yang currently serves as Associate Conductor of Taiwan Philharmonic (the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan). He won the First Prize in the 10th International Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors in 2017 and received numerous invitations to collaborate with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Silesian Philharmonic, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, the Kraków Philharmonic, the Łódź Philharmonic, the Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Brandenburger Symphoniker, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra, the Capella Bydgostiensis, and many others. Since 2016 he has regularly conducted the Camerata Taiwan in their annual concert tour of Taiwan and took them on a three-concert tour of Germany in 2022. 

In 2022 he conducted Humperdinck’s Opera “Hänsel und Gretel” at the National Taichung Theater, and returned to the Taiwan International Festival of Arts by giving a concert with the Taiwan Philharmonic. Recently he conducted two programs of contemporary music at the 2022 Weiwuying International Music Festival. His appearances at music festivals also include the Festival of Polish Music in Kraków, the Classica Nova in Gdynia, the Taipei International New Music Festival, and the Asian Composers League’s Conference and Festival. 

He was one of the two conductors selected for the Mentoring Program of Peter Eötvös Contemporary Music Foundation in 2018. In 2017, Yang was invited to study with ISO Artistic Advisor Jun Märkl at the Conducting Academy of Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo. He was the chosen conductor to work with Riccardo Muti on the production of Verdi’s Falstaff at the Italian Opera Academy in 2015. He graduated from the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin, the National Taiwan Normal University, and the Tunghai University, where he studied conducting with Prof. Christian Ehwald, Prof. Hans-Dieter Baum, Prof. Apo Hsu, and Prof. Annie Chung. In conducting masterclasses, he worked with Peter Gülke, Shao-Chia Lü, Jorma Panula, Peter Rundel, Yuri Simonov, and many others. 

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