Principal Conductor, GSO
2018/2019 marks Jian Huan’s second season as the Principal Conductor of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. She also serves as Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Youth Orchestra, an affiliate orchestra of the GSO.
Jing Huan graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing under the tutelage of Professor Xu Xin. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2009, where she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her doctoral studies and concurrently served as the Conductor Assistant of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including the CSO’s May Festival (2011–2013). During the same period, Jing Huan 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, Brazil, 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.
In December 2013, Jing Huan made her critically-acclaimed debut concert with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra conducting Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with soloist Maxim Vengerov. Since then, she had received invitations and collaborated with many orchestras around China such as the China Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Qingdao Symphony, Shaanxi Philharmonic, Xinjiang Symphony and Kunming Nie Er Symphony during their music seasons. She had also collaborated with renowned soloists such as Lang Lang, Chen Sa, Zhang Haochen, Robert Blocker, Lü Siqing, Noah Bendix-Balgley, Jian Wang, Li-Wei Qin, Warren Mok, Liao Changyong, Ning Liang and Ying Huang. During the 2018/2019 season, Jing Huan conducts pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and violinists Vadim Repin and Gil Shaham for the first time in the GSO’s subscription concerts.
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 in July 2015 to Europe, appearing at the Berlin Philharmonie under the auspices of Young Euro Classic. Jing Huan’s achievements at the helm of the GSYO attracted the attention of Jeunesses Musicales International (JMI), 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” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death at the Beijing Music Festival. In January 2017, she assisted Maestro Long Yu and Yo-Yo Ma in their music collaboration, Youth Music Culture Guangzhou (YMCG), a music festival for young people around Asia, in which she conducted the 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, Jing Huan returned with the GSYO to Europe, performing in Lyon (France), Prague (Czech Republic) and the Musica Riva Festival, Lago di Garda (Italy).