Richard Tang Yuk
Dr. Tang Yuk is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) and holds degrees in Conducting from the Mannes College of Music, New York, and Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music.
He is General & Artistic Director of The Princeton Festival (www.princetonfestival.org) a summer performing arts festival in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr. Tang Yuk has overseen expansion of artistic programming at The Princeton Festival since its inception and is at the core of its creative planning and vision. The Princeton Festival offers professional performances in opera, musical theater, dance, chamber music, jazz, recitals, a piano competition, world music, and a lecture series at various venues in Princeton. In the 2013 season Dr. Tang Yuk conducted Wagner’s opera, The Flying Dutchman.
Prior to his position at The Princeton Festival, he served on the music staff of the Opera Festival of New Jersey from 1994 – 2003, where he prepared over 29 opera productions.
He has conducted Handel’s opera Hercules for the American Handel Society and Handel’s Messiah for the National Choral Council at Lincoln Center.
In the sphere of academia, Dr. Tang Yuk has taught undergraduate and graduate level conducting for over 18 years. He has served on the choral conducting faculty at the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he recently conducted the Duruflé Requiem and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. From 1994 - 2009, Dr. Tang Yuk was Director of Choral Music and Associate Director of the Program in Musical Performance at Princeton University where he conducted many works in the major choral-orchestral literature to critical acclaim. During his time at Princeton University, he led the Princeton Glee Club on 8 overseas concert tours including appearances in Hong Kong, Brazil, Italy and Buenos Aires.
He has appeared with several orchestras including The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Richardson Chamber Players, the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, Bravura Philharmonic and the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. He is from the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.