Recently promoted to Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra starting in the 2007-2008 season and entering his third season as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Lawrence Loh is one of the most exciting young talents on the classical music scene today. He was brought to national attention in February 2004 when he substituted last-minute for an ailing Charles Dutoit with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conducting Stravinsky's Petrouchka and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Loh received enthusiastic acclaim from orchestra players, audience members and critics, alike.
Since his appointment as Music Director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic in 2005, the orchestra has flourished artistically, defining its reputation as one of the finest regional orchestras in the country. His leadership has attracted such artists as André Watts, Anne Akiko Meyers, Jon Nakamatsu and Sharon Isbin. A huge advocate of early childhood exposure to music, Loh created a family concert series that is dedicated to the youngest of audiences. He is very active in the region as an arts leader and music advocate, and is constantly in demand as a guest speaker and clinician.
As Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Loh conducts a wide range of concerts. He leads an array of educational and community engagement concerts and is the conductor of the enormously popular Fiddlesticks Family Series. He also conducts in the Pops subscription series and is cover conductor for half of the Classical Masterworks series, working closely with the PSO's triumverate leadership team of Sir Andrew Davis, Yan Pascal Tortellier and Marek Janowski. In addition to his duties on the podium, Lawrence Loh edits radio broadcasts, delivers pre-concert lectures and makes many public appearances. His association with Pittsburgh began as Assistant conductor in 2005-2006 and Associate conductor in 2006-2007.
Following a guest conducting appearance at the Detroit Symphony in 2007, Loh was immediately invited to conduct several concerts in the 2007-2008 season. Other recent guest conducting engagements include the Malaysian Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Portland, Cedar Rapids, Colorado Springs, East Texas, Fort Collins, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Plano, Shreveport, Sioux City, Spokane and Tallahassee. He's also led Korea's Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Yale Philharmonia, Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. He has appeared at special summer festivals at Bravo! Vail Valley, Breckenridge, Hot Springs, Performing Arts Institute (PA), Las Vegas and the Carnegie Mellon Summer Strings Camp.
Lawrence Loh held the positions of Assistant and Associate Conductor of the Dallas Symphony from 2001-2005. He led the Dallas Symphony in a variety of classical programs throughout each season including classical subscription. Highlights include meaningful performances of Brahms Requiem, Beethoven's 3rd Symphony and Brahms 2nd Symphony, among many others.
Prior to his Dallas appointment, Lawrence Loh completed a highly successful three-year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with whom he conducted more than 50 concerts annually, including classical subscription, Pops, education, family and outreach programs. While in Denver, he was also Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the premiere youth orchestra in the Colorado Rocky Mountain Region. Mr. Loh also served as the Interim Director of Orchestras and Head of the Orchestral Conducting Program at Denver University's Lamont School of Music.
In May 1998, Lawrence Loh received his Artist Diploma in Orchestra Conducting from Yale University, also earning the Eleazar de Carvalho Prize, given to the most outstanding conductor in the Yale graduating class. During his years at Yale, he was chosen to be the Assistant Conductor of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and Apprentice Conductor of the Hot Springs Music Festival. He received further training at the world-renowned Aspen Music Festival and School. He is also a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Rochester. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Loh held the position of Associate Instructor in Music Theory at Indiana University and, later, that of Teaching Assistant at Yale University in Advanced Hearing, Conducting and Orchestration. He was also the Guest Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for "What Makes Music?," an interactive exhibit, offering the opportunity to explore the science of music and sound, as well as the role of music in culture.
Lawrence Loh was born in southern California of Korean parentage and raised in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He and his wife Jennifer have a son, Charlie, and a daughter, Hilary.