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Shinik Hahm is established as one of the most dynamic and exciting conductors of his generation. His guest conducting appearances include engagements in North and South Americas, Europe and Asia. He has led orchestras in the world’s most prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Boston Symphony Hall, Rudolfinum in Prague, Seoul Arts Center, Tokyo Opera City Hall, and the National Theater of China to name a few.

Most recently, as Music Director and chief conductor of the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) Symphony Orchestra, maestro Hahm led the orchestra on tour with concerts at the General Assembly of the United Nations, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. The concert was hailed by the New York Times as “Respectable and warm”. He also served with same capacity with Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra from 2001 to 2006 during which the orchestra has earned not only national attention but international acclaim through concert tours in USA and Japan.

Maestro Hahm is also passionately committed as pedagogy of conducting. He has been a conducting faculty at Yale University School of Music since 1995. His students from Yale’s conducting program have won top prizes at the Besançon, Pedrotti, Toscanini, and China National conducting competitions. They are also active at the helm of various orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Hahm was a winner of the Gregor Fitelberg Competition for Conductors, was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize from the Eastman School of Music, and received the Shepherd Society Award from Rice University. Maestro Hahm was decorated by the Korean government with the Arts & Culture Medal.

He studied conducting at Rice University and the Eastman School of Music and he is an energetic and avid soccer player.