Music Director, Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale
Shinik Hahm at Woolsey Hall, Photo by Bob Handelman
Shinik Hahm, who was appointed music director of the Yale Philharmonia and professor of conducting at the Yale School of Music in 2004, is also a sought-after guest conductor who has led major North American, South American, European, and Far Eastern orchestras. In 2006, Maestro Hahm completed his tenure as Artistic Director/Principal Conductor of Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) in Korea. He served concurrently as music director of the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra (1993-2003) and the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra (1995-2000).
Maestro Hahm served as music director of Yale Symphony Orchestra from 1995-2004. As a guest conductor, he has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Los Angeles, St. Petersburg, Geneva, Besancon, Warsaw, Prague, Bilbao, New York, Bangkok, Fort Worth, Louisville, Toronto, Omaha, Hartford, Alabama, Boulder, and Colorado Springs and many other orchestras in the U.S., France, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, Spain, Japan and Mexico. The Korean National Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra has engaged Maestro Hahm every year since 1992, and he directed its 1995 North American tour. He is also an active opera conductor and has led numerous productions with the Silesian National Opera in Poland. Hahm has collaborated with such musicians as Salvatore Accardo, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, and Sarah Chang, and has recorded with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra for Vision and Britstar.
Shinik Hahm studied conducting at Rice University and Eastman School of Music. His honors include the Fourth Gregor Fitelberg International Competition, the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize from the Eastman School of Music, and the Shepherd Society Award from Rice University. In 1995 Maestro Hahm was decorated by the Korean Government with the Arts and Culture Medal.