A native Indonesian of Chinese descent, Rebecca Tong is Resident Conductor of Jakarta Simfonia Orchestra. A Master’s Graduate in Orchestral Conducting at the Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati under Mark Gibson, Rebecca recently completed her two-year tenure as Junior Fellow in Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, where she worked extensively in assisting the BBC Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, Rebecca frequently collaborates with the Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata.
Rebecca was recently awarded First Prize, French Concert Halls & Orchestras Prize and the Arte Prize at the inaugural La Maestra Competition 2020. Further notable achievements include the 2019 Taki Award for the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship (which grants the opportunity to work closely with Marin Alsop), participating as 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. She has participated in masterclasses with Sir Mark Elder, Leon Fleischer, Mark Shanahan, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron and many other distinguished conductors.
In 2011, Rebecca founded the Jakarta Christian Youth Orchestra, and between 2009 and 2012 served as music faculty of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary. Growing up in a musical family, Rebecca’s musical experiences stemmed from a very young age, and she is continually fascinated by connecting communities through music.