Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductors

Maestro Nanse Gum

A forceful and dynamic conductor whose love and understanding of music has made him one of the most respected in his field. After graduating from Seoul National University, he studied under professor Hans-Martin Rabenstein at the Hochschule der Kunste Berlin, and under Pierre Dervaux in Nice and Paris, France.

In 1977, GUM was chosen as one of the finalists in the “International Young Conductor's Competition of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation,” and was given an opportunity to conduct the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and other major orchestras in Europe. Since returning home in 1980, he was appointed Conductor of the KBS Symphony Orchestra and has enriched the repertoire by developing music programs for the orchestra and featured a number of talented soloists, domestic and foreign.

Since 1999, GUM has been primarily engaged in the activities of the Euro-Asian Philharmonic Orchestra (EAPO) which he founded. Under his dynamic leadership, the Orchestra has rapidly gained prominence in the national music scene through innovative educational programs that appeal to music lovers of all ages. The EAPO has had a successful concert tour in Paris, Varazdin, Opatija (Croatia), and Ljubljana in 2006.

GUM has been organizing splendid activities during the past few years as a festival director with a strong vision and unique ideas about the importance of music for all people. The Jeju Music Isle Festival and the Muju Academy and Festival, two of his creative projects, successfully testified how he could inspire people and make his audience happy with the magic of music. GUM is also currently serving on the music faculty of Kyung Hee University in Seoul and as the Artistic Director of the Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006.

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