Sung Kwak: Music Director

Sung Kwak is in his twelfth year as Music Director of the Austin Symphony. Before coming to Austin, he served as Assistant Conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, Music Director, and as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, Robert Shaw, Music Director. From 1972-1977, Mr. Kwak held positions as Conductor of the Eglevsky Ballet, Long Island, New York, and Conductor of the Joffrey Ballet in New York City Center.

In 1993, Mr. Kwak was invited to conduct the Orquesta Nacional of Caracas, Venezuela, and he has continued to make guest appearances with the orchestra. He spent this past August in Venezuela as Director of Master Courses in Conducting. Another accomplishment this past year was the release of Mr. Kwak’s compact disc, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Piano Concerto No.1, with the State Symphony Kapelle in Moscow.

Maestro Kwak has appeared with the Chamber Music Society at New York’s Lincoln Center, the orchestras of Cleveland, Houston, Dallas, and Atlanta, the National Symphony in Washington, D. C., the Rheinische Philharmonie in Germany, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra in Russia, the Moscow State Orchestra, the State Orchestra of Georgia in Tbilisi, and the Symphonies of Valladolid, Spain, Mexico City, Vancouver and Innsbruck, Austria. He is also a frequent guest conductor with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony and Seoul Philharmonic.

His international tours have included a five-city tour of South Korea with the St. Petersburg Chamber Orchestra in 1993; a five-city tour of Japan with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony in 1986; a five-country tour of Southeast Asia in 1984; and a tour of 23 American cities with the Korean Broadcasting Symphony in 1979. In 1990, Mr. Kwak conducted the Pan-Korean Unification Concerts in Pyoung-Yang, North Korea, bringing together Korean musicians from around the world in a message of peace.

Opening ceremonies of the Main Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea in 1987 combined the orchestras of KBS Philharmonic and Seoul Philharmonic along with a 1,000-member chorus under Mr. Kwak’s baton.

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