About Karen

Karen Ní Bhroin is from Co. Wexford, Ireland and is one of Ireland’s leading young conductors.

Ní Bhroin was announced as the new assistant conductor for Winston-Salem Symphony, NC, USA in June 2020. Karen also hold the position of Associate Conductor/Visiting Professor at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) from August 2020.

In 2019 Karen was appointed Assistant Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Ohio and made her debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra in 2020.

During Fall 2019 Karen was invited by Winston-Salem Symphony, NC, as guest assistant conductor for their opening concerts of the 2019/2020 season with new music director Timothy Redmond and was subsequently offered the full time position.

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.

Summer 2019 saw Karen as Assistant Conductor at National Music Festival USA with conductor Richard Rosenberg. Karen also attended Dartington International Summer School Advanced Conducting programme on full scholarship working with conductors Timothy Redmond and Graeme Jenkins. 

Karen was a Britten-Pears Young Artist under Marin Alsop at Snape Maltings, UK during 2018.

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.

Karen won the Orion Young Conductors’ Award at MusicFest in Aberystwyth, Wales, in 2017 with the Orion Orchestra and conductor, Toby Purser. 

One of three finalists in the ESB Electric Ireland Feis Ceoil, Ireland’s inaugural conducting competition in 2014, Karen conducted the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

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

Karen is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (2013) and Kent State University (2020), Ohio, USA, where she held the position of Graduate Assistant Orchestral Conductor while pursuing her Masters in Orchestral Conducting on full scholarship studying 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.