Rebecca Tong is Resident Conductor of Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra and Artistic Director and Music Director of Ensemble Kontemporer, Jakarta, her home city. She completed her two-year tenure as Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, and previously studied at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Rebecca was the First Prize Winner of the inaugural La Maestra 2020 competition, held in Paris, where she was also awarded the ARTE Prize and the French Concert Halls & Orchestras Prize.
Highlights of the 2021-22 season include debuts with Orchestre national de Lyon, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto Casa di Musica, Istanbul Borusan Philharmonic Orchestra (with pianist Khatia Buniatishvili), Orchestre national d’Ile de France, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, in addition to return appearances with Orchestre de Paris and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent major highlights include debuts with Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Rebecca has worked as assistant to established conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas (London Symphony Orchestra), and Francois Xavier-Roth (Gurzenich Orchester Koln) and recently participated in masterclasses and mentorships with Tugan Sokhiev (Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse), Pablo Heras-Casado (Paris Mozart Orchestra), Case Scaglione (Orchestre national d’Ile de France) and Marin Alsop (Orchestre de chambre de Paris).
In 2019, Rebecca was recipient of the Taki Award for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship in 2019 (which grants the opportunity to work closely with Marin Alsop). She was a Conducting Fellow at the 2018 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (mentored by Cristian Măcelaru), and in 2017, Rebecca was awarded the David Effron Conducting Fellowship for the Chautauqua Institution.
Rebecca is actively involved in the artistic programming of both Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra and Ensemble Kontemporer; her aim being to educate and familiarise Indonesian audiences about both classical and contemporary orchestral works, whilst expanding her own repertoire. In addition to serving these ensembles, Rebecca founded the Jakarta Christian Youth Orchestra in 2011, and between 2009 and 2012 served as Music Faculty of the International Reformed Evangelical Seminary. An Indonesian of Chinese descent, Rebecca grew up in a musical family, and her musical experiences and involvement stem from a very young age. She is continually fascinated by connecting communities through music.