About Karen

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Karen Ní Bhroin, commenced her position as Assistant Conductor to Timothy Redmond with the Winston-Salem Symphony, North Carolina in 2020. Here, she also holds the position of Music Director of the Youth Orchestras program. During the same season, Karen accepted the position of Associate Conductor/Visiting Professor at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Ní Bhroin is from Co. Wexford, Ireland and is one of Ireland’s leading young conductors.

Karen was part of the inaugural conducting academy at National Orchestral Institute, where she was a fellow with Marin Alsop in 2021.

In 2019, she 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, as guest assistant conductor for their opening concerts of the 2019/2020 season with then, new music director, Timothy Redmond. Following this week, she was subsequently offered the full time position.

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 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.

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 music education graduate of Trinity College Dublin majoring in clarinet performance. 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.

Biography updated September 2021.