Poon, Johnny

 

Poon, Johnny

Johnny M Poon is professor and head of the Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University. He is also music director and conductor of the HKBU Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Musicum Hong Kong.

Previously, Poon held positions as Music Director of the Evansville Collegium Musicum, Associate Conductor of OperaFestival di Roma, Artistic Director of Harlaxton Music Festival and Director of Operas and Choral Activities at the University of Evansville.

Poon has appeared in many of the world’s leading festivals and concert halls including the Carnegie Hall, Glinka Cappella Hall, Novgorod Philharmonic Hall, Gnessin Institute of Arts, The National Centre for the Performing Arts and the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing, China), Operafestvial di Roma and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. He has guest conducted such ensembles as the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra, the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg, the Philharmonic Orchestra Mihail Jora, Kammarkoren Svenska Roster, the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’ International Chamber Ensemble, the Silesian State Opera Orchestra, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Sudwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.

Poon’s credentials in education include a doctoral degree in conducting performance from the University of Iowa and a distinguished collegiate teaching career complemented with a long and illustrious record of teaching and scholastic awards. Among numerous distinctions, Poon was twice included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He was the recipient of the Chi Omega Professor of the Year Award and the Sadler & Sydney Berger Award for outstanding scholastic achievement at the University of Evansville. Poon was twice honored with artistic citations for Outstanding Orchestral Performance and Music Direction at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.