About Karen

Karen Ní Bhroin is from Co. Wexford, Ireland and is one of Ireland’s leading young female conductors. Ní Bhroin was RTÉ Conductor in Training from 2016-2018 working with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and RTÉ Philharmonic Choir in Dublin, Ireland. Here Karen worked with Chorus Master, Mark Hindley and the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir, and RTÉ Principal Guest Conductor, Nathalie Stutzmann. 

Karen has recently been appointed Assistant Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, OH USA starting September 2019.

This summer Karen was Assistant Conductor at National Music Festival USA with conductor Richard Rosenberg. Karen also attending Dartington International Summer School Advanced Conducting programme on full scholarship working with conductors Timothy Redmond and Graeme Jenkins. 

Summer 2018 saw Karen as a Britten-Pears Young Artist working as one of four conductors with Marin Alsop at Snape Maltings, UK.

In 2017, Karen made her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, conducting a lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, which was broadcast live for RTÉ Lyric FM.

In 2016, Karen won the Orion Young Conductors’ Award at MusicFest in Aberystwyth, Wales, with the Orion Orchestra and conductor, Toby Purser. 

In 2014, Karen was one of three finalists in the ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s inaugural conducting competition, where she conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Karen made her conducting debut with Trinity College Orchestra in 2013 in the final year of her degree. Karen has participated in masterclasses with George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglembeni, Neil Thomson, John Farrer and John Longstaff.

Karen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and currently holds the position of Graduate Assistant Orchestral Conductor at Kent State University, Ohio, where she is pursuing her Masters in Orchestral Conducting with Dr. Jungho Kim.

Karen also works with Personally Speaking where she speaks at events on leadership, motivation and focus. Click here for more information.