Shi-Yeon Sung made her official debut conducting Die Zauberflöte in Berlin in 2002, and was selected as a scholarship holder by German Music Council’s support programme, Conductors Forum (Dirigentenforum), from 2003 to 2009. In 2007 she became the first woman to be named assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, earning international attention.
Up to 2010 she conducted several concerts including regular concerts and season-opening concerts with BSO, and 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 that the concert was “conducted with virtuoso ability.” She also conducted many other concerts with world-renowned orchestras such as LA Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Radio France Philharmonic, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Japan Philharmonie Orchestra, Norrköpping Symphony Orchestra, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Konzerthaus Berlin Orchestra, Museumsorchester Frankfurt, Bamberg Symphony, Malmo Symphony, Stockholm Opera Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonie Orchestra, etc.
Shi-Yeon Sung successfully finished her role as associate conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, a post created especially for her from 2009 to 2013. In January 2014, she became chief conductor of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra as the first woman to take charge of a Korean public orchestra, and is expected as a frontier of Korean orchestral music scene.
Sung undertook Kapellmeister and orchestral conducting studies with professor Rolf Reuter at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, and furthered her study in advanced conducting with Professor Jorma Nula at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.