PAST ASSOCIATE & ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Winner of the 2006 Sir Georh Solti International Conductor's Competition
The South Korean conductor Shiyeon Sung is the first female conductor out of South Korea to make the leap to the podium of internationally renowned orchestras, such as the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, and the Nuremberg Symphony.
She was chief conductor of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014 until the end of 2017, during which time she led the orchestra to international success. Shiyeon Sung and her orchestra were the first Asian orchestra to be invited for a guest appearance at the Musikfest Berlin. After her departure from Gyeonggi, Shiyeon Sung has relocated to Berlin, but remains a popular guest in her home country and will not only make her debut at the Korea National Opera in La Bohème, but also appear twice with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
When James Levine appointed her as his Assistant Conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007, 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 in 2009, the orchestra established an Associate Conductor’s position especially for her, which she held until 2013.