About Karen

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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. Most recently Ní Bhroin was awarded a Taki-Alsop Menteeship with Marin Alsop for 2023 as well as a fellowship with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Bramwell Tovey at Domaine Forget, Québec in 2022.

Recent highlights include a live broadcast concert with The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland,  engagements with The Ulster Orchestra (Belfast), Grand Rapids Symphony (Michigan), Orchestre Métropolitain (Montréal), Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and the premiere of Mark Lanz Weiser’s Opera, Galaxies in Her eyes, (High Point, North Carolina). 

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. This summer Ní Bhroin is an artist 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.

Karen is represented by Personally Speaking Bureau for all public speaking events and has shared the stage as a keynote 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/