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Ming Luke is rapidly establishing himself as an
exciting and versatile conductor to watch. In
the past season he has worked with ensembles across
the US, UK, Russia, France, Czech Republic, Slovak
Republic, Hungary, and Austria; and has conducted
orchestras such as: Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra,
Birmingham Royal, San Francisco Ballet, New York
City Ballet Orchestra, l'Orchestre Prométhée
(France), Gödöllo Symphony Orchestra
(Hungary), Opera San José, Billings Symphony,
Sacramento Opera, Napa Regional Dance Company,
Sacramento Philharmonic, Komorni Orchestr Akademie
of Prague, the Napa Valley Symphony, and others.
The Napa Valley Register said that his conducting
had “his audience as much in his thrall
as his musicians.” Also the Music Director
of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra,
a well-regarded institution in Berkeley, he is
only the third Music Director in 45 years.
as a ballet conductor, Luke has been the primary
guest conductor with the San Francisco Ballet
for the past few season and conducted the company
over fifty times at the San Francisco War Memorial.
Embarking on four separate tours with the company,
he conducted Romeo and Juliet at the Kennedy
Center and made his English debut at Sadler’s
Wells. Luke was invited to prepare the Bolshoi
Orchestra in Russia for a special festival featuring
some of the top ballet companies around the
world and conducted the company with l'Orchestre
Prométhée in Paris as part of
a residency with Les Etés de la Danse.
for his innovative education programs, Luke
has written, arranged, and performed over 120
education concerts with the Berkeley Symphony,
for whom he is the Associate Conductor. He has
served on grant panels for the National Endowment
of the Arts and the Grants and Cultural Committee
of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission.
An exciting pops conductor, Luke has created
and conducted a variety of pops concerts in
many venues, from baseball stadiums, to picnics
in the park with over 4,000 people in attendance,
traditional concert halls and recording for
Major League Baseball.
Ming Luke holds
a Master of Fine Arts in Conducting from Carnegie
Mellon University and a Bachelor of Music in
Music Education and Piano Pedagogy from Westminster
Choir College of Rider University.