Jerome Hoberman is familiar to audiences on three continents as a conductor, teacher, writer and radio personality whose rare communicative ability inspires musicians, listeners and musical institutions alike. The South China Morning Post has praised his “sure authority and attention to rhythmic precision and dynamic shading [which] produced excellent results.” Music Director and Conductor of The Hong Kong Bach Choir since 1992, his previous music directorships include the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra and the Nittany Valley Symphony, in Pennsylvania.
A forceful advocate of new and unusual music, with eclectic tastes, Jerome Hoberman has led many significant first performances, introducing the music of Witold Lutosławski to Mainland China and of Luigi Dallapiccola to Ukraine. He has led Asian, Chinese or Hong Kong premieres of an enormous variety of music, ranging from rarely heard Romantic works by Berlioz and post-modern masterpieces by Dallapiccola and Górecki, to name a few.
The education of young musicians is central to Hoberman’s musical life. Creator, and for nine years director of the Hong Kong Baptist University Orchestra, Hoberman previously directed the University of Notre Dame Orchestra in the US. He maintains an active studio of private conducting pupils, some of whom have gone on to leading international conservatories and significant professional posts.
Born in New Jersey and educated in Manhattan, Jerome Hoberman studied Music, History and Philosophy at Brandeis University, earning degrees from Brandeis and from the University of Wisconsin and completed a doctorate from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.