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Karen Ní Bhroin

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 makes debuts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, the BBC Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, TRNC Presidential Symphony Orchestra (Cyprus) and she returns to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland for a concert broadcast live on RTE.

Creator of And Other Duties, The Life of the Assistant Conductor and And Other Duties, Conducting Courses, Karen is on a mission to change conducting education: to teach the things that are not usually taught and to create a forum for honest conversations and communication. As a partner with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karen is developing, conducting and presenting the orchestra’s community and education programmes over the next three years.

Other recent highlights include first engagements with with Grand Rapids Symphony (Michigan), Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Orchestre Métropolitan (Montreal) and the Ulster Orchestra (Belfast) as well as the world premiere of the opera Galaxies in Her Eyes, by Mark Lanz Weiser.

An advocate for youth orchestras, Karen’s 22/23 season includes concerts with Chetham’s School of Music Symphony Orchestra (Manchester), West of England Youth Orchestra and the Ulster Youth Orchestra (Belfast).

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 received an artists bursary for a French language residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, an emerging artist music bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland, and will be a Taki-Alsop Mentee with Marin Alsop throughout 2023.

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.

At home in front of a crowd, Karen is also a public speaker and is proud to be represented by Personally Speaking.

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