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Meet our new assistant conductor!

News 2019-05-30

Meet our new assistant conductor!

We have very exciting news – we have added a third conducting position to our roster. Please give a warm welcome to Naomi Woo!

Before moving to Winnipeg, Naomi held the position of Conducting Scholar for the Cambridge University in 2017-2018. Naomi holds degrees in mathematics and philosophy from Yale College, in piano performance from the Yale School of Music and Université de Montréal, and recently completed a PhD in musicology at Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. We sat down to get to know Naomi a little bit better.

WSO: What’s your favourite piece you have conducted so far?

Naomi Woo: Probably Stravinsky’s Les Noces, an epic depiction of a Russian wedding celebration, including four (FOUR!) pianos, six percussionists, a choir, and four soloists.  As you can imagine, it was very loud, chaotic, and exhilarating!  I am still amazed that we managed to get all four pianos in the same room at one time…

What’s your “bucket list” piece to conduct?

So many operas especially on the bucket list… It would be a dream to conduct Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s L’Amour de Loin, for example.

What’s your favourite food?

When I’m visiting family in Vancouver, definitely sushi. In England, where I live now, whatever is freshly picked from my garden!

Are you a cat or dog person?

Dog!  My family has the sweetest, friendlist puppy called Mordecai–Morty, for short: he would be mortally offended if I answered anything else.

Her first concert with the WSO will be Will’s Jams in October. You can find out more about Naomi by visiting her website at naomiwoo.com

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