The South Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung is characterised by a natural authority, a collegial and inspiring rehearsal approach and the ability to find the right nuance on the fine line between passion and ratio. With the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra, whose chief conductor she has been since January 2014, she will go on tour in Europe for the first time in the summer of 2015. Together, they will appear at the Philharmonie Berlin, in Wiesbaden and at the Musik Festival Saar amongst others. Shortly afterwards, she will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra Washington at the Wolf Trap Festival.
When James Levine appointed her as his Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008, she already had a reputation as one of the most exciting emerging talents on the international music circuit: shortly before, Shiyeon Sung had won the International Conductors‘ Competition Sir Georg Solti and the Gustav Mahler Conductors‘ Competition in Bamberg. During her three-year tenure in Boston, she began a close collaboration with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted their season opening concert in 2007. In 2009, the orchestra established an Associate Conductor’s position especially for her, which she held until 2013.
In the meantime, the list of orchestras with whom Shiyeon Sung has worked is remarkable. Renowned European orchestras such as the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin and the Bamberg Symphony are included as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, which she led in a spectacular debut concert with Martha Argerich and Tongyeong International Music Festivall orchestra. In June 2010, Shiyeon Sung conducted the highly successful re-opening concert of the legendary Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. The Argentinian press enthusiastically praised the young conductor’s “virtuoso ability”. At the Stockholm Opera, she conducted Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Orpheus und Eurydike amongst others.
Born in Pusan, South Korea, Shiyeon Sung won various prizes as a pianist in youth competitions. From 2001 to 2006, she studied orchestral conducting with Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and continued her education with advanced conducting studies with Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.