About Karen

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

Ní Bhroin was RTÉ (Raidió Teilifís Éireann) 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 along with numerous guest conductors. 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 2019 she was appointed Assistant Director of the Akron Symphony Chorus, Ohio and in 2020 made her debut with the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

In Fall 2019 Karen assisted Music Director Timothy Redmond for the Winston- Salem Symphony’s performances of The Rite of Spring. As a result, the orchestra offered her the full-time position of Assistant Conductor which she took up later that season. With the Symphony, she has conducted numerous concerts and recordings, as well as co-producing filmed performances that have reached more
than half a million people worldwide.

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, Neil Thomson and John Farrer.  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 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, and is proud to have subsequently been awarded a place on the Taki Alsop Fellowship Mentoring Programme for 2023. This season, Karen will make a return appearance to the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland and her debut with Grand Rapids Symphony, MI.

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.

Karen is represented by Personally Speaking Bureau for all public speaking events and has shared the stage as a key note speaker with Sir. Ken Robinson and Dr. Peter Lovatt as part of Talent Talks and Talent Summit 2018. https://www.personallyspeakingbureau.com/speaker/karen-ni-bhroin/

Biography updated January 2022.