Ming Luke, Music Director

Ming Luke, BCCO Chorus director
  Photo credit: Bill Hocker

Ming Luke is music director for the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra, only the third in its more than 50-year history. 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.

Equally talented as a ballet conductor, Ming has been the principal guest conductor with the San Francisco Ballet for the past few seasons 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 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.

Ming is music director for the Merced Symphony in the California Central Valley. 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.      

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.