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Shiyeon Sung stepping in for Tan Dun

30 September 2021

South-Korean conductor makes her debut with the Concertgebouworkest with a world premiere by Tan Dun and works by Bartók, Verbey and Yun.

Conductor Shiyeon Sung (photo: Yongbin Park
Conductor Shiyeon Sung (photo: Yongbin Park

Due to Covid-19 related travel restrictions in China, Tan Dun will unfortunately be unable to travel to Amsterdam to conduct the Royal Concertgebouworkest on 4 and 5 November. His new work Three Muses in Video Game, written for the orchestra and principal trombonist Jörgen van Rijen, will receive its world premiere nonetheless. The orchestra is happy that Shiyeon Sung has been found willing to conduct the trombone concerto on Friday 5 November. The adapted programme also includes Lumen ad Finem Cuniculi by Dutch composer Theo Verbey, Muak by Isang Yun and Béla Bartók’s Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin. Ms. Sung makes her debut with the Concertgebouworkest. 

The Extra Concert which was scheduled on 4 November has been cancelled. The scheduled world premiere of Tan Dun’s Requiem for Nature under the baton of the composer, has been postponed, the date to be determined.

Shiyeon Sung

Born in Pusan, South Korea, Shiyeon Sung won various prizes as a young pianist. From 2001 to 2006, she studied orchestral conducting with Rolf Reuter at the Hans Eisler School of Music in Berlin and continued her education with Jorma Panula in Stockholm. When she was appointed assistant conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2007, her reputation as one of the most exciting emerging talents on the international music circuit was already secure: shortly before, Shiyeon Sung had won the International Conductors’ Competition Sir Georg Solti and the Gustav Mahler Conductors’ Competition in Bamberg.

She began a close collaboration with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, the orchestra established an associate conductor’s position especially for her, which she held until 2013. As chief conductor of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra from 2014 until 2017, 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.

The impressive list of orchestras that Shiyeon Sung has worked with includes the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. She makes her debut with the Concertgebouworkest.