“Arresting and impressive”

Financial times

Kahchun Wong appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, Kahchun Wong will assume the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic from the 2021/2022 season.

Since emerging as the first Asian winner of the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2016, he has conducted some of the most distinguished orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony and the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony.



Bachtrack / Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
“Wong crafted and shaped every motif and phrase in a caring and imaginative way.”
Financial Times / New York Philharmonic
“Arresting and impressive.”
La Dépêche / Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse
“The Singaporean conductor proved to be a first-rate interpreter of Mahler’s Titan. Kahchun Wong entered the composer’s personal universe from the first notes, gradually unveiling the poetic and dramatic dimensions of the symphony, setting up a tension that never weakened. The concert was sold-out.”


BR-Klassik: Kahchun Wong conducts 75th season gala concert of the Nürnberger Symphoniker

August 26 2021

At the end of April 2021, Wong and his orchestra returned together after months of corona-shutdown to celebrate the orchestra’s 75th anniversary. Listen to their performance of Mahler’s 1st Symphony (Klaus Simon edition) on BR-Klassik radio in their recording from 22 April 2021, at the Musiksaal, Kongresshalle in Nürnberg.


Kahchun Wong Appointed as Principal Guest Conductor of the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

August 25 2021

Hirai Toshikuni, president & CEO of Japan Philharmonic, said: ‘There was instant chemistry between Wong and the orchestra in his debut appearance. His electrifying performances were full of joy, discovery and wisdom. We are eagerly anticipating our future collaboration together.’

The Japan Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1956 by Akeo Watanabe. It has been led by conductors such as Charles Munch, Igor Markevitch, Leopold Stokowski, Jean Fournet and Jiří Bělohlávek.


Bachtrack Review: Kahchun Wong and Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra excel at Summer Muza festival

July 29 2021

On Monday, I heard the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra (TMSO) conducted by Kahchun Wong in a programme of Liszt, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák. I first heard him in March with the Japan Philharmonic and was immediately charmed by his style of music making.There is something really sincere and genuine in the way he communicates with the orchestra, and he conducts with assurance and warmth which must stem from his deep understanding of the score. This was his debut with the TMSO, but a strong rapport with the orchestra was evident from the opening of Liszt’s Les Préludes. Meanwhile, Wong also made me listen attentively to Dvořák’s ever-popular “New World” Symphony. There was nothing routine about the way he conducted the piece. Unlike some young conductors, he didn’t try to whip up excitement by taking a fast-speed, driven approach – if anything, he was the opposite. He crafted and shaped every motif and phrase in a caring and imaginative way (using lots of unique hand gestures that are sometimes quite funny), thereby giving a real sense of direction to the music. He aimed to control every detail – not in a tyrannical way, but in a warm and motivating manner.