- ABOUT SPO
- THE ORCHESTRA
- ASSOCIATE CONDUCTOR
Winner of the 2006 Sir Georg Solti International Conductors Competition, Shi-Yeon Sung is becoming recognized as one of the most exciting young conductors on the international scene. Under the direction of Maestro Chung Myung-Whun, She was appointed as the, Associate Conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from 2009-2013.
2012/2013 season highlights include debuts with the Wermland Opera Orchestra, Vasteras Sinfonietta, Nordic Chamber Orchestra, as well as a return to Het Gelders Orkest and in August 2012, Shi-Yeon conducted the Boston Symphony at John Williams’s 80th Birthday Concert at Tanglewood. In the 2011/2012 season, Shi-Yeon made successful debuts with the Duisburger Philarmoniker, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norrkopping Symphony Orchestra, which included a concert in Spain’s prestigious Palau de la Musica in Barcelona The Great Mountains Music Festival, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Osnabrucker Symphony Orchestra. In June 2010, Shi-Yeon led the high-profile re-opening of Buenos Aires’s legendary and newly refurbished Teatro Colon. The inaugural performance drew widespread acclaim in the Argentinean press, with the Buenos Aires Herald declaring the concert was “conducted with virtuoso ability.”
Born in 1979 in Seoul, Soo-Yeoul Choi is receiving wide public attention for his unique talents and deep interest in contemporary music as well as being a young conductor with strong interpretative power. He is currently Associate Conductor of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra(SPO), where he was appointed in 2014. Choi led the 'International Ensemble Modern Academy(IEMA)' in Frankfurt after being the first ever Asian conductor for IEMA - run by Germany's world-renowned contemporary music organization 'Ensemble Modern'. From 2011 onwards, he worked with Unsuk Chin as an assistant conductor for 'Ars Nova' which is the contemporary music series of SPO. Since 2007, he continuously performed works from diverse genres in Tongyeong, Austria and France with TIMF Ensemble with whom he has worked closely for some time. He has been performing many contemporary pieces by world -class composers like Isang Yun, Unsuk Chin, Giacinto Scelsi, Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Bulez, Tristan Murail, Wofgang Rihm, Beat Furrer, Pascal Dusapin, Jukka Tiensuu, Anders Hillborg, Johaness Schoellhorn and many others.
After studying under Chi-Yong Chung at Korea National University of Arts, he moved to Germany and obtained a performer's diploma (Konzerexamen) with highest honors from the Hochschule fuer Musik 'Carl Maria von Weber' Dresden as a recipeient of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship in arts. Soo-Yeoul also took conducting masterclasses under great conductors with maestro Myung-Whun Chung, Jorma Panula, Toyama Yuzo and he also assisted maestros such as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Christoph Eschenbach and Peter Eotvos. He advanced to the final rounds of the Becanson competition in France in 2007 and the Cadaques competition in Spain in 2009.
In Korea, he passed the 'Young Rising Conductor' auditions of the Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra and through the young conductor program ran by Korean Conductors Association, he was chosen as the brilliant conductor four times in a row 2004 to 2008. His conducting engagements include MDR Sinfornieorchester Leipzig, Jenaer Philharmonie, National Taiwan Symphony, Sendai Philharmonic in Japan, Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony, Korean Symphony, National Orchestra of Korea and orchestras in Suwon, Bucheon, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, Busan, Daegu and Jeju. Recently he conducted the subscription concerts of China NCPA Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic and was invited to the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival.
Since 2013, Soo-Yeoul Choi has been serving as music director and conductor for the 'Matinee Concert Series' at Seongnam Arts Center which is evaluated the concerts with full of the creative and adventurous programs (complete symphonies of Schubert in 2015 and Schumann in 2016). Also he is teaching orchestra class at the College of Music of Yonsei University since 2015. Choi was selected by forbes Korea as one of the '30 Young Power Leaders', building upon his previous feat of being hailed as one of the 10 Next Generations's Leading Artists by monthly magazine Audience in 2012.