Matthew Poon, conductor and music director of Strings Attached Orchestra, joined us in 2019 at the beginning of our 6th season. Previously, he served as principal conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, assistant conductor of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra in Markham, the McMaster University Choir and McMaster Women’s Vocal Ensemble. Matthew’s guest appearances include performances with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Better Homeland Choir, and McMaster Concert Band.
Having earned masters degrees in orchestral conducting and music theory, Matthew is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in music theory at the University of Toronto. He earned a bachelor’s degree with a diploma in music performance from McMaster University, and diploma (ARCT) in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Workshops have allowed Matthew to study with conducting teachers such as Chih-Sheng Chen, Harold Farberman, Gustav Meier, Jorge Mester and Paul Vermel, among others. Matthew speaks English and Cantonese and has a working knowledge of Mandarin and German.
Matthew’s musical interests extend beyond conducting into arranging, research, and teaching, and he maintains a studio both privately in Markham and with Arcadia Academy of Music in Richmond Hill.