Naomi Woo

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Contemporary Classical

Instrument/voice type: Conductor

Location: East


Canadian musician Naomi Woo is a 29-year-old conductor, pianist, and musicologist. She joins the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Conductor in the 2019-2020 season. She recently held the position of Conducting Scholar for the Cambridge University Orchestra in 2017-2018, assisting conductors Jac Van Steen and Sir Mark Elder, and conducting the orchestra in a week-long tour to Tuscany. She has also conducted ensembles including the Clare College Music Society, the Berkeley College Orchestra, and the Yale Symphony Orchestra, and has been an invited conductor for the Cambridge Brahms Festival and the Cambridge Female Composers Festival.
Especially interested in contemporary music, Naomi looks forward to being involved with the Winnipeg New Music Festival during her upcoming tenure as assistant conductor. She was recently invited to conduct the Cambridge New Music Ensemble at Stapleford Granary as part of the Living Notes series. In March 2018, she conducted the UK Premiere of Kaija Saariaho's Lumière et Pesanteur with the Cambridge University Sinfonia, and she has commissioned and conducted the world premiere of orchestral works by Emily Cooley, Joy Lisney, Stephen Feigenbaum, and Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and staged vocal works by Susie Self (Spirit Wagon, 2014) and David Leigh (The Binding of Isaac, 2010). She is also a member of Tangram, an ensemble devoted to curating and performing contemporary music of the Chinese diaspora.
As an opera conductor, Naomi has conducted productions of Holst's Savitri (ADC Theatre), Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Actéon ‚Äč(Clare College Music Society), Monteverdi's Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, Thomas Pasatieri's Signor Deluso (Opera Theatre of Yale College), Mozart's Idomeneo (Trinity College Music Society) and Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte (Opera Theatre of Yale College). She was recently one of only 12 conductors accepted onto a training course at the National Opera Studio for women conductors, hosted by the Royal Philharmonic S