Karen Ní Bhroin, whose career on both sides of the Atlantic is attracting attention wherever she conducts, is one of Ireland’s leading young conductors. This season Karen has made debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, first engagements with The Ulster Orchestra Belfast, Orchestre Métropolitan Québec and a return to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. Later this season she will make her debut with the BBC Philharmonic.
Other recent highlights include concerts with Grand Rapids Symphony (Michigan), and engagement with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and the premiere of Mark Lanz Weiser’s Opera, Galaxies in Her eyes, (High Point, North Carolina).
This autumn she launched her new podcast, And Other Duties, The Life of the Assistant Conductor. Telling the stories of assistant conductors over the world and what it is they really do. Karen starts 2023 off performing with West of England Youth Orchestra, later on in the season she will work with Chetham’s School of Music Symphony Orchestra.
Having trained at home in Ireland as Conductor in Training from 2016-2018, Karen worked closely with the National Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic Choir. She subsequently moved to the USA, where held the position of Assistant Conductor of North Carolina’s Winston-Salem Symphony, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Program and Associate Conductor and Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts from 2020-2022.
In 2017 Karen made her debut with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, in 2019 she was appointed Assistant Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Ohio and in 2020 made her debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.
Assisting some of the best conductors in the world today, Karen has worked closely with JoAnn Falletta, Nathalie Stutzmann and Thomas Wilkins. She has also been mentored by Marin Alsop, Timothy Redmond and Neil Thomson. Karen has worked as Assistant Conductor at National Music Festival USA with conductor Richard Rosenberg (2019), attended Dartington International Summer School Advanced Conducting programme (2019) and was a Britten-Pears Young Artist at Snape Maltings, UK (2018). During 2021, Karen was part of the inaugural conducting academy at National Orchestral Institute, where she was a fellow with Marin Alsop. During 2022, Ní Bhroin was an artist language resident at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.
A music education graduate of Trinity College Dublin, she earned her Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at Kent State University, Ohio, where she studied with Dr. Jungho Kim as his Graduate Assistant Conductor.