“Kin is a musician possessing special ‘Spirituality’ and perceptive sense, with a promising future”
A rapidly emerging young conductor in Hong Kong
Kin Szeto is a versatile young conductor from Hong Kong, currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting at the prestigious College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), University of Cincinnati, with a full scholarship under the mentorship of Maestro Mark Gibson. Prior to that, he earned a Master degree at Ithaca College. During his residency in New York, Szeto actively hold the positions of music director, guest conductor, assistant conductor, and cover conductor of various orchestras including Ithaca College Orchestras and Sinfonietta, Ithaca College Contemporary Music Ensemble, Cornell Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, etc. He has also appeared in Europe with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Szeto recently guest conducted the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes on a full production of Igor Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat in a short notice with great reception.
In last two consecutive summers, Szeto was selected to participate in the renowned Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music conducting workshop with Cristian Macelaru. He was also chosen as one of the conductors at the inaugural season of Music in the Alps International Music Festival with Kenneth Kiesler. His other conducting mentors include Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher.
Szeto is also a professional performer of Chinese music. He earned a Bachelor’s degree at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, double majoring in Erhu and Gaohu, and was a member of the world-famous Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra. As an active soloist, Szeto is frequently invited to perform worldwide. He recently won the Ithaca College concerto competition, the first time for a non-western instrument in the long history of the college.
A Hong Kong native, Kin Szeto is a recipient of numerous scholarships. With his supreme performance in music, the Hong Kong Government awarded him the title of “Hong Kong Elite”. Drawing upon his experience with both Chinese and Western music, Szeto distinguishes himself as a multifaceted musician with distinct and extraordinary musicality.