LAWRENCE LOH, conductor
Lawrence Loh, Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, is described by Music Director Andrew Litton as "a brilliantly talented young conductor with a sparkling wit and
delightful podium presence.” As the Dallas Symphony's only
staff conductor of this kind, Loh leads the orchestra in a variety
of classical concerts throughout the season. He also assists
the Music Director and guest conductors while serving as
cover conductor for various subscription and tour performances.
Mr. Loh's association with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra began
in September 2001 as the Assistant Conductor.
On February 27, 2004, Loh stepped on the podium for an ailing Charles Dutoit to conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra on a moment's notice in a program of Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique . His performance was a brilliant success. Orchestra members praised him enthusiastically on his authoritative confidence and sheer musicality. D Magazine wrote, “Loh took control of the orchestra and Stravinsky, delivering an outstanding performance that received acclaim from the performers themselves, as well as three ovations from the audience. I'm sure I speak for every symphony goer there last night when I say, Let's hear more from Loh.”
In November 2002, Loh was set to travel to Athens for the final round of the Mitropoulos Conducting Competition, but elected to stay in the U.S. to conduct the Dallas Symphony in a subscription week when a guest conductor was unable to arrive because of visa problems. His performances were met with critical acclaim from both orchestra and audience alike.
Recent conducting engagements include the Spokane Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Yale Philharmonia and Colorado Springs Symphony. Loh has also made appearances at the Vichy Opera House in France, Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, Breckenridge Music Festival, Hot Springs Music Festival and the Las Vegas Music Festival.
In June of 2001, Loh was one of two American conductors chosen by Pinchas Zukerman and the famed Finnish conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula to conduct in a concert with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada. He was also the only American advanced to the final round of the 2003 Besançon France International Conducting Competition.
Before moving to Dallas, Loh completed a highly successful three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra where he conducted more than 50 yearly concerts, including classical subscription, pops, education, family and outreach. While in Denver, Loh was Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the premiere youth orchestra in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region. He also served as the Interim Director of Orchestras and Head of the Orchestral Conducting Program at Denver University's Lamont School of Music.
In May of 1998, Loh received his Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from Yale University. He was the 1998 Eleazar de Carvalho Prizewinner, awarded to the most outstanding conductor in the graduating class, and the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship. While studying at Yale, he was chosen to be the Assistant Conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and Apprentice Conductor of the Hot Springs Music Festival. Loh received further training as a conducting student at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He is also a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Rochester. A dedicated teacher, Loh held the position of Associate Instructor in Music Theory at Indiana University where he led undergraduate classes in Aural Skills, as well as serving as Teaching Assistant at Yale University in Advanced Hearing, Conducting and Orchestration. He was also the Guest Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for “What Makes Music?,” an interactive exhibit where families had the opportunity to explore the science of music and sound, as well as the role of music in culture.
Loh, born in southern California in 1970 of Korean parentage, makes his home in Dallas with his wife Jennifer, a high school math teacher, and their son Charlie.