After 28 seasons, Shanghai-born conductor Tsung Yeh is beginning his final season at the podium for the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. He held the distinction of being the first conductor ever to hold music directorships of both a western symphony orchestra and a Chinese instrument orchestra. In addition to serving as Music Director of the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Yeh also serves as Music Director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra.
As a brilliant orchestra builder in both programming and audience, Maestro Yeh has helped to build the South Bend Symphony into one of the finest regional orchestras in the central United States. In 1995, Tsung Yeh and the South Bend Symphony were honored with the ASCAP award for Excellence in Programming and Performing.
Maestro Yeh has many accomplishments in his illustrious career. In November 1991, he was hand selected to lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, replacing the indisposed Daniel Barenboim, on short notice in a program featuring Alfred Bendal as the piano soloist. He also has conducted the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Minnesota Orchestra, China National Symphony, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Taipei Symphony Orchestra, just to name a few. He previously held posts as Exxon/Arts Endowment conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, and Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.