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Korea appoints its first woman chief conductor

We are receiving reports that Shi-Yeon Sung, associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, has been named chief conductor of the  Gyeonggi Philharmonic. Shi-Yeon, 38, won the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition and was assistant conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony.

She is the first woman to take charge of a Korean orchestra, a small but not insignificant step in the world’s keenest market for classical music.


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  1. says:

    This is good news, Brava to Sung!
    Also, interesting to note that Korea is so keen on classical music (western); here’s a factoid that I wouldn’t have guessed to be true.

  2. I saw Sung conduct a Wagner-Sibelius-Copland-Stravinsky program at Tanglewood in 2010. She is absolutely first rate. Congratulations to her and may this be the first of many significant appointments.

  3. Seonjin Jun says:

    Mr.Lebrecht, thank you for sharing the good news. But it is not Suwon Philharmonic, but Gyeonggi Philharmonic:D

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