One of the most exciting young conductors on the international scene, Korean conductor SHI-YEON SUNG has emerged from a string of great successes over the past seasons. Sung won first prize at the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition. This was quickly followed by an invitation from James Levine and the Boston Symphony to become their new assistant conductor beginning in the 2007/08 season.
Her most recent success occurred at the Bamberg Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition, where she achieved top prize in April 2007. Previous accolades included winning the 2004 conducting competition for the Conducting Forum of the German Music Council and the 2004 Female Conductors’ Competition in Solingen, Germany.
In the 2007/08 season, Sung made her Korean conducting debut, opening the season for the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the Sejong Arts Center. In the 2008/09 season she will return to Seoul to conduct numerous performances with the Seoul Philharmonic, and she will make her debut with the KBS orchestra, conducting the Year End Gala 2008 for Music and Culture presented by the Daewon Cultural Foundation at the Seoul Arts Center.
In the next season, following her critically acclaimed Tanglewood debut with the Boston Symphony this summer, she will make her subscription debuts with the Boston Symphony at Symphony Hall, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Milwaukee Symphony, and the Elgin Symphony. She will also appear with the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra and the orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera House, among others.
Recent conducting engagements have included the City of Daegu Symphony, the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony, the Frankfurter Museumsorchester, the Helsingborgs Symfoniorkester, the Nürnberger Symphoniker, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester, the Berliner Symphoniker, and other German orchestras.
In 2002, Shi-Yeon Sung made her formal conducting debut – conducting Die Zauberflöte – in Berlin, followed by assisting posts in productions at the Theater Görlitz and Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam. She has since directed numerous opera projects. In her capacity as permanent guest conductor, Sung regularly directs the opening concert of the Summer Festival Kapfenburg (supported by DaimlerChrysler) and from February 2003 to February 2006, Sung was chief conductor of the Capella Academica, the symphony orchestra of the Humboldt University Berlin.
In August 2006, Sung began advanced conducting studies under Professor Jorma Panula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2001 to 2006, she undertook Kapellmeister and orchestral conducting studies with Prof. Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, where she concluded her studies in August 2006 with a diploma in Conducting.
In 2001, Sung received her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of the Arts (UDK) in Berlin as a student of László Simon and Erich Andreas. Prior to this, she studied with Eckart Heiligers in Zurich. She has participated in numerous master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sergei Dorensky, among others.
Born in 1975 in Pusan, South Korea, Shi-Yeon Sung began playing the piano at the age of 4. She took part in numerous youth competitions, winning various prizes, and gave her first solo concert at the age of 13.