The Artistic Team
Comprised of Vancouver’s leading musicians, the VMO has developed into a fine ensemble that has taken the specialized and demanding art of orchestral performance to a very high level.
Ken Hsieh, Music Director/Principal Conductor
A Charming, Passionate and Compelling presence on the podium, Award Winning Conductor Kenneth Hsieh, has gained widespread attention for his vibrant performances, making him one of the most exciting and versatile young conductors on the international stage today. The 2020-2021 season marks his 18th year as Music Director of the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra in addition to his many international guest conducting engagements.
Kemuel Wong, Assistant Conductor
Mark Ferris, Concertmaster
A graduate of Yale University, Mark is the Concertmaster of the Vancouver Opera Orchestra and spent 17 years with the acclaimed CBC Radio Orchestra. He was Concertmaster of the Lions Gate Sinfonia for 7 years and is currently Concertmaster and mentor for the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra.
Akira Nagai, Concertmaster
A 35-years veteran, Associate Concertmaster Emeritus of Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Akira Nagai left Japan in 1967 for advanced studies with the famed Josef Gingold at Indiana University School of Music under a Fulbright scholarship. He earned a Master degree of Music in 1971 and immediately joined the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and McGill Chamber Orchestra.
Kaoru Kondo, Principal Guest Concertmaster
Trevor Hoffmann, Creative Director / Composer Laureate
Trevor is an award-winning pianist, composer, and music producer who excels at creating syntheses across classical and contemporary genres. Having studied piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music and composition at the University of British Columbia, he feels equally at home in both the classical and pop world. He has worked extensively with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra (where he is currently composer in residence), as a specialist for hybrid pop concerts
Aidan Mulldoon Wong, Composer-in-residence
A native of Vancouver, BC, Aidan Mulldoon Wong is an active freelance performer and emerging composer. He appears frequently with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra where he has played acting principal, second, and auxiliary clarinets, and held the position of section/bass clarinet for the VSO’s 2018/19 season. In the Summer of 2020, Aidan will be performing with the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, CO. He has performed with numerous ensembles including the Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony, and is on substitute lists from coast-to- coast including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony.