Holly Hyun Choe


Holly Hyun Choe, born in South Korea and raised in Los Angeles, impresses with presence and charisma on the podium. For the past two seasons, she has served as assistant conductor of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under Paavo Järvi. During this time she has already conducted the Orchestre de Paris, Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra; In the 22/23 season she will make her debuts at the Komische Oper Berlin, with the State Orchestras in Hamburg, Hanover, and Darmstadt, the Tucson Symphony, Kammerakademie Potsdam, and Orchestre de Chambre de Genève.

With the start of 22/23, she is furthermore intensifying her collaboration with the Ensemble Reflektor in the newly created position of principal conductor. Together, they already gave their debuts at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

Holly Hyun Choe is currently completing her studies with Prof. Johannes Schlaefli at the Zurich University of the Arts. She began her musical journey self-taught: she learned to play the clarinet at the age of 13 and did not receive her first music lessons until the age of 19. In 2015, she completed a master’s degree with Prof. Charles Peltz at the New England Conservatory. She has attended master classes with Bernhard Haitink, Jorma Panula, Fabio Luisi (Concertgebouw Orkest), Peter Eötvös, Teodor Currentzis, Sylvia Caduff, and Jaap van Zweden, and has assisted Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Simone Young, as well as Francois-Xavier Roth and Karina Canellakis.