Eun Sun Kim, part of new wave of women conductors in the U.S.

Posted on: May 21, 2018

“Remember this name: Eun Sun Kim,” writes Janelle Gelfand in Thursday’s (5/17) Cincinnati Business Courier. “The Korean-born conductor will be the first woman to conduct the Cincinnati May Festival in its 145-year history when she leads Verdi’s ‘Requiem’ to open the festival on Friday…. Her North American debut in October happened in less-than-optimal conditions, thanks to Hurricane Harvey…. She led a production of ‘La Traviata’ in a makeshift setup at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center. Despite that, she earned high praise…. In 2016, just 9.2 percent of American music directors … were female, according to the League of American Orchestras…. The odds may be improving…. Xian Zhang … was the first woman to be named music director of the … New Jersey Symphony in 2016. There are many others: Sarah Ioannides … leads Symphony Tacoma. Mei-Ann Chen is music director of the Chicago Sinfonietta…. Susanna Mälkki is principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and chief conductor of the Helsinki Philharmonic. Now a new wave of talent is emerging. Last week, American Karina Canellakis … was named chief conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. Part of that new wave is Eun Sun Kim…. We can’t wait to see what she has to offer.”

Posted May 21, 2018