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. This past season, she was the CCM Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and acting as the Assistant Conductor for Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. This summer, she was one of the Conducting Fellow at 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. Currently, Tong is the 2018 Junior Fellow in Conducting with the Royal Northern College of Music working closely with Sir Mark Elder.

During her appointment in Jakarta, she 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), Martha Aarons, Dr. Lewis Wong, and prominent organist Chelsea Chen. The Jakarta Post called her “… the young addition for Indonesian classical music…”

Recently, Tong conducted the Asia premiere of Mozetich duo harp concerto and in 2017 conducted a successful performance with Steven Isserlis performing Elgar Cello Concerto and previous performances include CCM Philharmonia Orchestra featuring Gustav Holst "The Planets" in collaboration with astronomer & visual artist - José Francisco Salgado from KV265 organization. In 2014, She did a full performance of Hansel & Gretel - an Opera by Humperdinck. The Music in Cincinnati wrote "Leading the 65-piece CCM Philharmonia in this performance was Rebecca Tong, who brought the lush score beautifully to life". In early 2014, Tong won 4th place at the London Conducting Competition during the London Conducting Masterclass under Achim Holub and attended opera and orchestral workshops with Neil Varon, Gustav Meier, Leon Fleisher, Mark Gibson, Roberto Paternostro, and 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.