2011/12 highlights include debuts with the Duisburger Philarmoniker, Japan Philharmonie Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Norrköpping Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfonica de Valles to include a concert in Spain's prestigious Palau de Ia Musica in Barcelona as well as a return to Rotterdam Philharmonie Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and Osnabrücker Symphony Orchestra amongst others. Futureplans include her debut with the Munich Radio Orchestra at the Prague Radio Festival.
Last season, Shi-Yeon made her successful debut at The Great Mountains Music Festival, in the first year with their new Music Directors Kyung-Wha Chung and Myung-Wha Chung and will return next season with concerts with the Seoul Philharmonie Orchestra. 2010/11 also included successful debuts with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra, Malmo Symphony, Stavanger Symphony as well as returning to Helsingborg Symphony and Uppsala Chamber Orchestra. In June 2010, Shi-Yeon led the high-profile re-opening of Buenos Aires's legendary and newly refurbished Teatro Colon. The inaugural performance drew widespread acclaim in the Argentinean press, with the Buenos Aires Herald declaring the concert was "conducted with virtuoso ability." Recent seasons also included a successful debut with the Stockholm Opera Orchestra (2007/08) which led to an immediate re-invitation to conduct the revival of Gluck Orfeo (2009/1 0) as well as to make her debut with Royal Stockholm Philharmonie Orchestra (2008/09). Also in the 2008/09 season, Shi-Yeon madeher debut at the Tongyeong International Music Festival, Seoul conducting Martha Argerich and had a successful impromptu debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonie after being invited to take over a last minute cancellation.
In Summer 2010, Shi-Yeon finished her three-year role as Assistant Conductor to James Levine at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During this time, she madeher very successful subscription debut with the orchestra and conducted them twice at Tanglewood, as well as stepping in on late notice for several concerts, including one ofthe season-opening performances in September 2009. Shi-Yeon Sung made her formal conducting debut in 2002 – conducting Die Zauberflöte – in Berlin, followed by assisting posts in productions at the Theater Görlitz and Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam. She has since directed numerous opera projects. In her capacity as permanent guest conductor, Shi-Yeon regularly directs the opening concert ofthe Summer Festival Kapfenburg (supported by DaimlerChrysler) and from February 2003 to February 2006, Shi-Yeon was chief conductor ofthe Capella Academica, the symphony orchestra ofthe Humboldt University Berlin.
In August 2006, Sung began advanced conducting studies under Professor Jorma Panula at the Royal College ofMusic in Stockholm, Sweden. From 2001 to 2006, she undertook Kapellmeister and orchestral conducting studies with Prof. Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, where she concluded her studies in August 2006 with a diploma in Conducting.
Winner of Bamberg Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in 2007 and 2004 for the Conducting Forum of the German Music Council and the 2004 Female Conductors' Competition in Solingen, Germany.
Born in Pusan, South Korea, Shi-Yeon Sung began playing the piano at the age of 4. She took part in numerous youth competitions, winning various prizes, and gave her first solo concert at the age of 13.