Canadian conductor and pianist Naomi Woo is a widely sought-after symphonic and operatic conductor and educator and the Music Director of National Youth Orchestra (NYO) Canada. Beginning with the 2023-2024 season she is the Artistic Partner of Orchestre Métropolitain Montréal and joins The Philadelphia Orchestra as assistant conductor for the 2024-2025 season.
Highlights of her auspicious 2023-2024 season, include: her first tour and recordings with NYO Canada in summer 2024; conducting engagements with the Orchestre Métropolitain; Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Vancouver Symphony Orchestra; National Arts Centre Orchestra; and, an extensive tour of England’s leading English Touring Opera’s Cinderella. As an assistant/cover conductor Naomi works with the: Los Angeles Philharmonic; The Philadelphia Orchestra; Toronto Symphony Orchestra; and, Orchestre Métropolitain. She conducts classical subscription concerts with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Orchestre symphonique de la Côte-Nord, Symphony Nova Scotia, and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
Engagements in previous seasons include the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra NOW (New York), Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, and Regina Symphony Orchestra, and her debut at London Symphony Orchestra St. Luke’s in London with the ensemble Tangram Sound. Naomi was the assistant conductor of the Winnipeg Symphony from 2019 to 2023 and appeared with the orchestra on multiple occasions. On the opera stage, she has conducted the Canadian premiere of Du Yun’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Angel’s Bone in Vancouver and the world premiere of Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s The Night Falls in New York City. In fall 2022, she assisted the world premiere of Oliver Leith’s opera Last Days at Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
The 2022 winner of the Canada Council for the Arts prestigious Virginia Parker Prize, Naomi is a member of Tapestry Opera’s Women in Musical Leadership program and was chosen by her mentor Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as a member of the Orchestre Métropolitain’s inaugural orchestral conducting academy.
Naomi holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She has also studied mathematics, philosophy, and music at Yale College, the Yale School of Music, and Université de Montréal.
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Friday, May 3, 2024 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2024 @ 7:30 PM