South Bend, IN: After twenty-seven years of directing the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Tsung Yeh, Music Director and Conductor, announced he will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 season. He will continue as Artistic Advisor until June 2017.
Beginning in 2002, Yeh has also served as Music Director of the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. He is the first person ever to hold music directorships of both a western symphony orchestra and a Chinese orchestra simutaneously. He was awarded the prestigious Cultural Medallion by the President of Singapore in 2013, the highest honor that country bestows for cultural contributions.
His outstanding talent as a conductor was recognized by several major orchestras in the United States and abroad where he served as guest conductor and taught conducting classes. In 1991, Tsung Yeh successfully led the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, replacing the indisposed Daniel Barenboim in a program featuring Alfred Brendal as the piano soloist. He has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Philharmonique de Radio France, the Minnesota Orchestra, China National Symphony, and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.
Under his leadership and musical direction, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra has become one of the finest regional orchestras in the United States. In 1995, Yeh and the Orchestra were honored with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) award for Excellence in Programming and Performing.
"Audiences love his warm personality, sense of humor and outstanding musical skill," said Ryan Matthys, President of the Orchestra Association Board of Directors. "We offer our heartfelt appreciation for the unique gifts and talents he has so generously shared with the South Bend community and the Michiana region. For most people in our area, he is the South Bend Symphony. He will be genuinely missed."
Maestro Yeh intends to continue as Music Director of the Singapore Orchestra and to continue his world-wide guest conducting and teaching. He will reside in Chicago with his family after the conclusion of the 2015-2016 concert season.
A committee will be appointed later this year to begin the international search for a new conductor.