Principal Conductor - Dr. Eiki Isomura
Conductor Eiki Isomura garnered praise from the Houston Press and Broadway World for having “led a thrilling performance” that was “sumptuous and dynamic” in his Opera in the Heights debut with La Clemenza di Tito, in which the “cast [was] one finely tuned ensemble,” and “the OH orchestra sounded splendid.” Opera in the Heights is proud to welcome back Dr. Eiki Isomura to conduct each of the operas for Oh!'s 20th Anniversary Season.
He has served on the music staff of numerous productions with HGOco, Houston Grand Opera’s community collaboration and education initiative. As pianist/coach, he musically prepared and performed in the world premieres of The Memory Stone and River of Light, two fully-staged chamber operas in HGOco’s East+West series. In addition he served as assistant conductor/pianist for HGOco’s most recent production of Past the Checkpoints and co-music director/pianist for two concerts, Music of Memory and Hope and Kristallnacht -75th Commemoration.
He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan where he was named graduate conducting fellow and conductor of the Campus Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras. He has conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa as a member of its conductors program led by his mentor Kenneth Kiesler. Isomura made his European conducting debut at the CCM Spoleto Festival in Italy. He has led performances with the University of Michigan Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestras, Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Arizona Symphony, and the ensembles of numerous conducting workshops in the US.
His past positions include those of assistant conductor with Opera in the Ozarks, vocal coach with Moores Opera Center, and touring pianist with Arizona Opera’s young artist program. He has also conducted performances with University of Arizona Opera Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre, and the University of Michigan Opera Theatre.
He has studied orchestral and opera conducting with some of the most renown teachers in the profession including Kenneth Kiesler, Thomas Cockrell, Martin Katz, Colin Metters, Gustav Meier, and Mark Gibson. Isomura also holds an MM in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Arizona where he held two fellowships and served as conductor of the UA Philharmonic. He earned a BMA in Music Theory with a History of Art cognate from the University of Michigan.
Isomura currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Montgomery, where he leads the orchestra and chamber music program and teaches courses in music theory and history. He resides in Houston with his wife, Monica Isomura, mezzo-soprano, and his most trusted collaborator.