Samuel Wong

Samuel Wong (Chinese: 黃大德) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian conductor and ophthalmologist [1].

Trained at Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons,[1] Dr. Wong is an eye surgeon practicing in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

In another career, he has conducted many international orchestras including the New York PhilharmonicSeattle and Houston Symphonies, Toronto and Montreal Symphonies, orchestras in ItalySpainBelgium, and Israel. Wong led the New York Philharmonic in December 1990 after the untimely death of Leonard Bernstein, and replaced Zubin Mehta in Washington D.C. in January 1991 when Maestro Mehta traveled to Israel in an act of solidarity with the Israel Philharmonic during the Persian Gulf War.

(EN:) Wong pursued his first degree in Toronto at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he graduated with a degree in piano performance. While there, he also studied composition, tuba and violin.

After obtaining his music degree, Wong moved on to Harvard to pursue a second degree in medicine.

His humanitarian work has brought him to Tibet, China, and Amman, Jordan to restore sight in refugees.

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