Hong Kong-American conductor and violinst Kin (Desmond) Siu holds the position of acting Music Director and Music Coordinator for the music nonprofit organization Arizona Pro Arte. A Master of Music graduate of Northern Arizona University, Desmond served as Assistant Director of the NAU Orchestras while working as guest Music Director with the Lyric Opera Orchestra and acting Music Director with the Chamber Orchestra. Desmond’s past positions include Assistant Conductor positions for the organization Orchestra Northern Arizona, the Skidmore Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Skidmore Chamber Orchestra.
His attendance of numerous conducting workshops and masterclasses all around the world led Desmond to study with well-known conducting pedagogues such as Jin Wang, Victor Yampolsky, Neil Varon, Mark Gibson, and Kenneth Kiesler. His private conducting teachers include Daniel O’Bryant, Chris Younghoon Kim, and Anthony Holland. Recently, Desmond competed in the 2018 edition of the Bucharest Music Institute Conducting Competition which showcased talents from competitors all over the globe.
As a violinist, Desmond currently plays with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Prescott’s new orchestra, Arizona Philharmonic. He attended festivals and summer programs such as Kinhaven Music School, InterHarmony Festival, and the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute. Through these festivals, Desmond performed in various halls around the world including Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse of Lincoln Center and Smetana Hall in Prague. During his violin studies at Skidmore College, Desmond had the opportunity to learn, work, play, and perform with many Grammy winning string quartets such as the Ying Quartet and the American String Quartet. He has also performed in a masterclass for BBC New Generation Artist, Elena Urioste. His private violin teachers include Shelley Rich, Michael Emery, and Eugeniy Chevkenov. Desmond graduated with honors from Skidmore, demonstrating artistry and dedication through two final recitals in both violin and conducting.
An advocate of contemporary music, Desmond has given many performances (both as a violinist and conductor) of new works by student and established living composers. In pursuit of his passion for new music, Desmond attended a contemporary music program, the Cortona Sessions, as a Conducting Fellow the summer of 2018. This past summer, Desmond will attend the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival as a violinist and conductor.
PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR (COMING SOON)