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Jerry Hou



Born in Taiwan and raised in a small town in Arkansas, Taiwanese American conductor Jerry Hou had a late start in music. He began playing trombone in his middle school band, and went on to work professionally in American and European orchestras before injury ended his playing career. After pivoting to conducting, studying with Jorma Panula in Finland, Hou is now recognized for his dynamic presence, insightful interpretations, musical versatility, and commanding technique on the podium. Known for his flexibility in many styles and genres, Hou has conducted repertoire ranging from Classical to contemporary, and has collaborated with composers such as Kevin Puts, Anthony Davis, Steve Reich, Andrew Norman, Melinda Wagner, John Harbison, George Lewis, Bernard Rands, Unsuk Chin, György Kurtag, and Helmut Lachenmann.

Hou began his association with the New York Philharmonic and Music Director Jaap van Zweden in 2021, first conducting the Orchestra in 2022 in the process of “tuning” the newly renovated David Geffen Hall. While continuing his role as a cover conductor, he made his NY Phil debut leading a Young People’s Concert (YPC) in 2023. He returns to conduct one of the YPCs in the 2023–24 season, which marks the series’s centennial.

Jerry Hou recently concluded his successful tenure as resident conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), the first person to hold that title, and music director of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. He conducted the ASO in classical, family, and education concerts, and in March 2023 made his subscription debut conducting works by Joan Tower, Jessie Montgomery, and Bartók. Committed to developing the Atlanta music community, Hou created a Second Atlanta School of Composers — featuring native Atlantans Carlos Simon, Joel Thompson, Viet Cuong, Sarah Gibson, TJ Cole, and Elise Arancio — working closely with and performing their music in concerts and recordings. This season Hou returns to the ASO for subscription concerts.

Hou also served as resident conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival for seven summers. He is on the faculty of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he is artist teacher of orchestras and ensembles.

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