Photo by Nikolaj Lund

Photo by Nikolaj Lund

19/20 Season Highlights

• Debut with LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl with Jean-Yves Thibaudet

• Return to Cincinnati Symphony with Anne-Sophie Mutter

• Washington National Opera debut with The Magic Flute

• LA Opera debut with company premiere of Roberto Devereux

• Return to Houston Grand Opera for Salome with Lise Lindstrom

• Return to Staatsoper Berlin for Tosca with Angela Gheorghiu and Vittorio Grigolo

 

Biographical Info

• Born 23 October 1980 in Seoul, Korea

• BM in Composition from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea

• MM in Orchestral Conducting from Yonsei University

• Doctorate of Music in Orchestral Conducting from University of Music in Stuttgart, Germany

• Apprenticed as Assistant Conductor at Teatro Real Madrid 

• Splits her time between Vienna and Houston

Career Highlights

• Assisted Kiril Petrenko conduct Tristan und Isolde in Lyon

• First Prize in the International Jesús López Cobos Conducting Competition

• Culture Prize from the Ingrid zu Solms Foundation

• Special Prize from Deutschen Dirigentenpreis

Photo by Ugo Ponte

Photo by Ugo Ponte

 
Calligraphy by Eun Sun’s grandfather

Calligraphy by Eun Sun’s grandfather

Anecdotes

• Started as composition student and student pianist; professor urged her to consider conducting after seeing her coach La bohème

• Is a particular fan of repertoire that blends Western classical music with Korean traditions

• Grandfather was a famous calligrapher who created the Wongok style

• Shares her name with a professional soccer player, as well as the author of a North Korean memoir

• Considered a career as a simultaneous translator; speaks Korean, English, Spanish, German, Italian, and French