Ming Luke, Music Director

Ming Luke, BCCO Chorus director
  Photo credit: Bill Hocker

Ming Luke is music director of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, only the third in its more than 50-year history. He is a versatile conductor whose performances have excited audiences around the world. In recent seasons he has worked with ensembles across the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Austria; and he has conducted such orchestras as the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet Sinfonia, San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Gödöllő Symphony Orchestra (Hungary), Opera San José, Sacramento Opera, Napa Regional Dance Company, Sacramento Philharmonic, Komorní Orchestr Akademie (Prague), Napa Valley Symphony, and others. Ming is music director of the Merced Symphony.

Ming is the principal guest conductor with the San Francisco Ballet and has conducted the company over a hundred times at the San Francisco War Memorial. Embarking on four separate tours with the company, he conducted Romeo and Juliet and Cinderella at the Kennedy Center and made his English debut at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Ming was invited to prepare the Bolshoi Orchestra in Russia for a special festival featuring some of the top ballet companies around the world, and he conducted the company with l'Orchestre Prométhée in Paris as part of a residency with Les Étés de la Danse.

Recognized nationally for his innovative education programs, Ming has written, arranged, and performed over 120 education concerts with the Berkeley Symphony, for whom he is the associate conductor. He has also designed and conducted education concerts and programs with Houston Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, San Francisco Opera, and others. He has soloed as a pianist with Pittsburgh Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, and San Francisco Ballet.

Allen Ulrich of the San Francisco Chronicle has said, "Ming Luke delivered the best live theater performance I've ever heard [of Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet]," and in 2016 Ming's performance with BCCO of Britten's War Requiem was named by San Francisco Classical Voice the best choral performance in the Bay Area.   

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.