Ming Luke, Music Director

Ming Luke is the music director for the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, only the third in its 48-year history. In the past season he has worked with ensembles across the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria; and he has conducted the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Birmingham Royal, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Gödöllö Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Opera San José, Sacramento Opera, Napa Regional Dance Company, Sacramento Philharmonic, Komorni Orchestr Akademie (Prague), and the Napa Valley Symphony, among others. The Napa Valley Register reported that his conducting had "his audience as much in his thrall as his musicians." 

 

Ming has been the primary guest conductor with the San Francisco Ballet for the past two seasons and has conducted the company over thirty times at the San Francisco War Memorial. Embarking on four separate tours with the company, he conducted Romeo and Juliet at the Kennedy Center and made his English debut at Sadler's Wells. Ming was invited to prepare the Bolshoi Orchestra in Russia for a special festival featuring some of the top ballet companies around the world.

 

Ming holds a master of fine arts degree in conducting from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of music degree in music education and piano pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University.