Our Conductor and Music Director

64-HighRes-WilsonHoPhotographyNewly appointed conductor and music director of the Strings Attached Orchestra, Matthew Poon joined the Strings Attached Orchestra in 2019 at the beginning of our 6th season.

In addition to being SAO’s music director, Matthew Poon is also music director of the Markham Wesley Orchestra and conductor of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, where he was winner of their 2015 Conducting Competition. Previously, he served as 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 an associate’s diploma (ARCT) in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). 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 composing and arranging, music cognition research, and teaching, where he maintains a studio both privately in Markham and with Arcadia Academy of Music in Richmond Hill.


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