Eiki Isomura was recently appointed Artistic Director of Opera in the Heights (OH) for an initial three-year term through the company's 2019-2020 season. He will continue his role as Principal Conductor, leading all performances as he has since 2015, in a tenure marked by a notable rise in the company's performance standard.
"The orchestra has never sounded so focused," wrote the Houston Press in the 2015-16 season closer, "Down the line, this is ensemble playing of fine caliber... The OH chorus is ultra-fine, too, smooth and lustrous, which is saying something because they've been so consistently good all season. Maestro Isomura deserves our thanks."
Prior to his appointment with Oh!, Isomura served on the music staff of HGOco, Houston Grand Opera’s community collaboration initiative. From 2013-15, he prepared and performed in numerous world premieres of chamber operas and cantatas commissioned by Houston Grand Opera. From 2012-16, he served as Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Lone Star College-Montgomery.
In 2012 he earned his doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan, where he studied under Kenneth Kiesler. While at Michigan, he held a fellowship as director of the Campus Symphony Orchestra and assistant conductor of the opera theatre under the tutelage of Martin Katz.
In 2011 he conducted the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada, as a member of its conductors program led by his mentor Mo. Kiesler as well as Pinchas Zukerman. Other guest conducting credits include Kalamazoo Philharmonia, Arizona Symphony, and the orchestras of numerous conducting programs and music festivals including the CCM Spoleto Festival in Italy where he studied under Mark Gibson.
Isomura also holds a Masters degree in Orchestral and Opera Conducting from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Thomas Cockrell and served as conductor of the UA Philharmonic. He earned a Bachelor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan, where he studied piano with Katherine Collier.
He resides in Houston with his wife and most trusted collaborator, mezzo-soprano, Monica Isomura.