Wong conducts at the Teatro Lirico Giuseppe Verdi

In 2014, I was a participant in Maestro Bernard Haitink’s conducting masterclass at Lucerne, and Mahler 4 was on the programme. Every time he took to the podium and demonstrated with the baton, we were astounded because we were witnessing magic happen right in front of us. The orchestra obviously sounds much better, but more than that, there was an electricity in the hall that moved everyone... an unforgettable memory.

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".

Kahchun Wong