Principal Conductor, GSO

Jing Huan currently serves as Principal Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra. She also serves on the boards of the China Musicians Association and Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI).

A graduate of Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Professor Xu Xin, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting in 2009 at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her doctoral studies, concurrently serving as the Conductor Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), including the CSO’s May Festival (2011–2013). During the same period, she was also Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Artaria Chamber Orchestra.

In June 2012, Jing Huan was one of two prizewinners at the inaugural Li Delun National Conducting Competition held in Qingdao, China. In the same year, she participated in the Campos do Jordão International Festival in São Paulo, where her outstanding performance led to an invitation by Maestra Marin Alsop to serve as Assistant Conductor of the São Paulo State Symphony’s 2013 music season. That same year, Jing Huan and her work with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra attracted the attention of Maestro Long Yu, which led to her appointment at the GSO.

In December 2013, Jing Huan made her critically-acclaimed debut concert as the Resident Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, leading soloist Maxim Vengerov in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. Since then, she has received invitations and collaborated with such orchestras as the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony, Macao Orchestra, Qingdao Symphony, Shaanxi Philharmonic, Xinjiang Symphony, Kunming Nie Er Symphony and Shenyang Symphony during their music seasons, garnering much praise. She has collaborated with such renowned soloists as Yo-Yo Ma, Lang Lang, Rudolf Buchbinder, Vadim Repin, Gil Shaham, Midori, Robert Blocker, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jian Wang, Lü Siqing, Li-Wei Qin, Zhang Haochen, Chen Sa, Warren Mok, Liao Changyong, Ning Liang and Huang Ying.

In 2014, Jing Huan was appointed as Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra (GSYO). Under her leadership, the orchestra charted remarkable progress and made their first tour to Europe, appearing at the Berlin Philharmonie under the auspices of Young Euro Classic in August 2015. Jing Huan’s achievements at the helm of the GSYO attracted the attention of Jeunesses Musicales International, and she was elected to serve on JMI’s Board in July 2016.

In October 2016, Jing Huan presented a concert entitled “In Love with Shakespeare” at the Beijing Music Festival to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In January 2017, she was appointed Secretary-General of the Artistic Committee of Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG) and conducted its critically-acclaimed opening concert. In May 2017, Jing Huan conducted the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra on their European tour to Italy and the United Kingdom. Three months later, she led the GSYO on their Asia tour to Sydney, Jakarta and Singapore for cultural exchange. In late July 2018, she returned with the GSYO to Europe, performing in Lyon (France), Prague (Czech Republic) and the Musica Riva Festival, Lago di Garda (Italy). In July 2019, she led the GSYO on tour to Japan, performing at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and the Fukuoka Symphony Hall, the latter as part of a cultural exchange commemorating the 40th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between Guangzhou and Fukuoka.