Described as “a thoughtful musician, extremely well prepared and meticulous in his approach” by Bernard Haitink, Alvin Ho, native of Hong Kong, was recently appointed as the Leverhulme Conducting Fellow and Assistant Conductor at BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra starting September 2020. Prior that, he served as Assistant Conductor at the Indiana Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2017 to 2020, during which he also earned a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
He has worked internationally with orchestras including Jena Philharmonic (Germany), Luzern Festival Strings (Switzerland), Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini (Italy), Gstaad Menuhin Festival Orchestra (Switzerland), MÁV Symphony Orchestra (Budapest), North Czech Philharmonic Teplice (Czech), Das Kritische Orchestra Berlin (Germany), and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra (USA).
In 2018, Ho was invited to participate in the Donetella Flick London Symphony Orchestra Conducting Competition. One of eight young conductors invited to Bernard Haitink’s masterclass at the 2018 Lucerne Easter Festival, Ho was also a semi-finalist at the “Das Kritische Orchestra Berlin” 2017 edition selected by members of Berlin Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin and Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden.
Beyond the symphonic podium, Ho has also worked extensively on the operatic stage. In Autumn 2019 he was Assistant Conductor in Wagner’s Parsifal at Indiana Opera, and in 2018 conducted Verdi’s Macbeth at Riccardo Muti’s Ravenna Festival. Ho has worked with renowned singers including Riccardo Zanellato, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Mark Delavan and Vittoria Yeo. He has also conducted ballet performances at Indiana Ballet Theater.
In 2019, Ho was named Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Salzburg Festival Ansbacher Conducting Fellow and Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Fellow. As a keen educator, he served as Assistant Conductor to Ludovic Morlot for the Carnegie Hall debut of the National Youth Orchestra of China in 2017.
Ho studied primarily with Arthur Fagen, David Effron, Riccardo Muti and Bernard Haitink. He has also worked additionally with Neeme Järvi, Daniele Gatti, Nicolás Pasquet, and Lothar Zagrosek.
"I was taken with his very convincing interpretation and his way of his finding "his" sound."
- Paul Nadler, Conductor, Metropolitan Opera
"Alvin communicates strong ideas and intense musicality everytime he steps on the podium"
- David Effron, professor emeritus, Indiana Jacobs School of Music