Rebecca Tong

A native Indonesian of Chinese descent, Tong is the Resident Conductor of the Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra.  She finished her Masters in orchestral conducting at College – Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, USA under Mark Gibson. Currently, she is the Junior Fellow in Conducting with the Royal Northern College of Music working as the assistant to the RNCM Opera department and assisting two major orchestras in United Kingdom: The BBC Philharmonic and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017, she was the CCM Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and acting as the Assistant Conductor for Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra.

She has been chosen as one of the Conducting Fellows at the 2018 Cabrillo Festival of the Contemporary Music mentored by Cristian Măcelaru. In 2017, she was the recipient of David Effron Conducting Fellowship for the Chautauqua Institution working together with Timothy Muffitt and the Music School Festival Orchestra. Tong has worked with many international musicians including Steven Isserlis, Jahja Ling (Conductor Laureate of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), Lev Polyakin (former assistant concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra), the Great Wall String Quartet, Jessie Chang, Jeff Thayer (concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra), and prominent organist Chelsea Chen. The Jakarta Post called her “… the young addition for Indonesian classical music…”

Tong’s repertoire varied from symphonic, operatic and chamber music. She recently conducted the Asia premiere of Mozetich Duo Harp Concerto in 2018, the Indonesian premiere of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique and has collaborated with astronomer & visual artist - José Francisco Salgado from KV265 for the performance of Gustav Holst "The Planets".  Tong has attended opera and orchestral workshops with Sir Mark Elder, Mark Shanahan, Gustav Meier, Clark Rundell, Mark Heron, Neil Varon, Leon Fleisher, Mark Gibson, Roberto Paternostro, John Farrer.

In 2011, Tong founded and was the conductor of Jakarta Christian Youth Orchestra. She also served as music faculty of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary from 2009 – 2012.  Growing up in a musical family, she always listened and discovered new things within the music itself. Making music together as a community has been the goal in her life.