Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductors

Maestro Jung Ho Pak

Described by the New York Times as a conductor who "radiates enthusiasm", the Los Angeles Times as "a real grabber", and by the San Diego Union-Tribune as one of the most "impactful people to watch" in 1998 and 1999, Jung-Ho Pak is recognized internationally as an innovative and accomplished conductor.

Currently Music Director of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra since 1999, Mr. Pak is the seventh conductor to hold this position in the orchestra's 108-year history. Appointed as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the San Diego Symphony (1997-2002), Mr. Pak led the new San Diego Symphony into an era of artistic excellence and financial success (including the largest endowment gift ever given to a performing arts organization) coupled with community involvement.

He has served as Music Director with two important music conservatories in the United States: the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra for eight years and as Music Director of the International Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet. Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, the Soviet Union, South America and Asia.

Mr. Pak is a frequent speaker on television and radio about the relevance of art in society and the importance of music in education.

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