Off to Spain! Kahchun makes his conducting debut with the Orquesta de Valencia, performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto (version for the flute) with Karl-Heinz Schuetz, principal flute of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as revisiting two classics which have become staples of Kahchun's repertoire: Brahms's Academic Festival Overture and Beethoven 7.
Kahchun returns to the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra, where he is the Chief Conductor Designate, to conduct two concerts featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on March 17 and 18, 2018. He will become the new Chief Conductor of the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra beginning in the 2018/2019 season, from September this year.
Kahchun will make his conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic on 5 February 2019 at Lincoln Center, celebrating the first day of the Lunar New Year. He is immensely grateful to inherit an annual tradition from Maestro Long Yu, a treasured mentor to Kahchun, who has led these celebrations since 2012.
Kahchun has been selected as one of ten finalists for Singaporean of the Year by the Straits Times in 2017. He will be represented by children from the non-profit organisation Child at Street 11, who will receive the award from Warren Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/Malay/Tamil Media. President Halimah Yaacob will serve as Guest Of Honour for the ceremony.
Kahchun begins the first week of 2018 with an important milestone - his conducting debut with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the historic Rudolfinum. He will perform Schumann's 4th Symphony, Haydn's 44th Symphony and Mozart's 4th Violin Concerto, featuring the young Taiwanese soloist Benny Tseng.
Kahchun is spending almost the whole month of December in China! After the tour with the Nuremberg Symphony concludes, he will perform with the Kunming Symphony on 15 December and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO) on 24 December, with a Brahms-centric programme. In Shanghai, he is especially looking forward to conducting Ding Shande's Piano Concerto with Louis Lortie, SSO's Artist-in-Residence 17/18.
Kahchun embarks on a tour to China with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra as their Chief Conductor Designate with five concerts in Beijing (1 Dec), Xi'An (2 Dec), Changsha (3 Dec), Shenzhen (5 Dec) and Shanghai (7 Dec). They will present two programmes each consisting of core Germanic repertoire by Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Wagner, featuring acclaimed Chinese violinist Mengla Huang.
On 10 November, Kahchun conducted the Taiwan Philharmonic Orchestra in an all-Mahler programme including the 1st Symphony and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, featuring the world-renowned baritone Thomas Hampson.
On 24 October 2017, Kahchun was honoured with the Young Artist Award by the Minister for Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu, at the Istana, the official residence and office of the President of Singapore.
Back to the beautiful town of Bamberg, with an equally charming orchestra that hosts the Mahler Competition! Kahchun will conduct two concerts consisting of Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony, Overture to Romeo and Juliet, Haydn's 44th Symphony as well as the world premiere of a new work by Walter Zimmermann.
Rehearsals have begun in the beautiful seaside city of Trieste, with the Symphony Orchestra of the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi. Kahchun will lead two concerts this weekend on 13 and 14 November, sharing the stage together with acclaimed violinist Sergej Krylov and Riccardo Masseni, who sings Mahler's "das himmlische Leben".