Holly Hyun Choe


Elbphilharmonie Debut Concert

ensemble reflektor

Cellist Anastasia Kobekina

August 2021

Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich

Paavo Järvi

Assistant Conductor 

20/21 & 21/22 Season

German Music Council Dirigentenforum
"Maestro von Morgen" Conductor Fellow
Since 2018

​Marin Alsop

Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship
Award Recipient 19/21

Peter Eötvös Mentoring Program
Conductor Fellow  20/21

Photos by: Melf Holm

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Karsten Witt Musik Management

"We are delighted to welcome Holly Hyun Choe to Karsten Witt Musik Management!

Her position with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich where she has been Paavo Järvi's assistant conductor since 2020, has just been renewed for another season. Holly was recently accepted into the 'Maestros of Tomorrow' programme by the Dirigentenforum of the Deutscher Musikrat. More on https://en.karstenwitt.com/artist/holly-hyun-choe "


Upcoming Concerts 21/22

  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Family Concert
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
    07. Nov., 11:15 – 12:15
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
    Korngold: Robin Hood
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Family Concert
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
    07. Nov., 12:15 – 13:15
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Amateurs' Philharmonie de Paris Orchestra
    26. Nov., 19:00 – 21:00
    Paris, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
    Nina Rota Film Music Concert
  • Danubia Orchestra Óbuda
    Béla Bartók National Concert Hall MUPA
    07. Dez., 19:30 – 22:00
    Béla Bartók National Concert Hall MUPA, Budapest, Komor Marcell u. 1, 1095 Hungary
    Schubert: Rosamunde - Entr'acte No. 3 Hankyeol Yoon: Piano Concerto Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 ('Classical'), Op. 25 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70
  • Göttinger Symphony Orchestra
    13. Feb. 2022, 19:00
    Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
    Family Concert Offenbach's The Carrot King
  • Orchestre de Paris (Shared Concert)
    02. März 2022, 19:30 – 22:30
    Paris, 221 Avenue Jean Jaurès, 75019 Paris, France
    Shared Concert with Marin Alsop
  • Picardie Orchestre Side-by-Side Concert
    Auditorium of the Conservatory
    11. März 2022, 20:00 – 21:30
    Auditorium of the Conservatory, 65 Rue de Soubise, 59100 Roubaix, France
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Abduction from the Seraglio K.384 - opening Igor Stravinsky Symphony for wind instruments Felix mendelssohn Symphony for strings n ° 10 Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No.1 Op. 21 in C major
  • Picardie Orchestre Side-by-Side Concert
    Tourcoing Conservatory
    12. März 2022, 16:00 – 18:00
    Tourcoing Conservatory, 4 Rue Paul Doumer, 59200 Tourcoing, France
  • Ensemble Reflektor
    08. Apr. 2022, 19:30
    Naxoshalle, Waldschmidtstraße 8, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • HSG Alumni Symphony Orchestra
    Tonhalle St. Gallen
    04. Mai 2022, 20:00
    Tonhalle St. Gallen, Tonhallestrasse, 9500 Wil, Switzerland
  • HSG Alumni Symphony Orchestra
    St. Peter Church
    08. Mai 2022, 17:00
    St. Peter Church, St. Peterhofstatt 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
    Spring Concert
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Children's Concert
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
    03. Juli 2022, 11:15 – 12:15 MESZ
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Children's Concert
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
    03. Juli 2022, 14:15 – 15:15
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
  • DAVOS Festival
    06. Aug. 2022, 19:00 – 20. Aug. 2022, 23:00
    Davos, Davos-Platz, 7270 Davos, Switzerland

Photo Credit: Nile Scott


Interview with NZZ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung): "Frauen in der klassischen Musik: Von echter Parität sind wir weit entfernt"

Watch a recent interview with Holly and Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich's Intendant, Ilona Schmiel with the moderator, Esther Girsberger.

Read about her recent interview in Tonhalle Zürich Orchestra about women conductors and being an Assistant Conductor to Paavo Järvi.

A radio interview with Moritz Weber on the SRF Music Magazine about her Assistant Conductor role at the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich: listen here.

A  B  O  U  T

Holly Hyun Choe is the Music Director of the Orchesterverein Wiedikon and the University of St. Gallen Alumni Symphony Orchestra (HSG ASO).

Her Assistant Conductor position of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich has been extended to Season 21/22 under the guidance of Maestro Paavo Järvi.

This summer, she made her debut at the Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal in Hamburg with the Ensemble Reflektor and rising cellist, Anastasia Kobekina through the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Additionally, she was the Guest Conductor for the DAVOS Festival in Switzerland and reinvited for Summer 2022.


Highlights of this coming 21/22 Season includes engagements with Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Orchestre de Paris, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Wald Ensemble, Göttingen Symphony, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Picardie Orchestre, and Orchestre des amateurs des ateliers de la Philharmonie de Paris. 

As a guest conductor, she has worked with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, ensemble reflektor, and Collegium Musicum Basel. She has assisted notable conductors such as Paavo Järvi in Orchestre de Paris, Leonard Slatkin in Orchestre national de Lyon, Simone Young in Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne/Zürich Opernhaus, and Karina Canellakis in Gürzenich-Orchester Köln.

Holly has participated in masterclasses with conductors including Bernard Haitink, Jorma Panula, Neeme Järvi, Jaap van Zweden, Simone Young, Marin Alsop, Teodor Currentzis, Sian Edwards, Jessica Montgomery Cottis, and most recently with David Reiland.


While studying at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), she conducted several professional orchestras such as the Trondheim Symphony, Heidelberg Symphony, Gstaad Festival Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphoniker, Hradec Kralove Filharmonie, Pilsen Opera House, Izmir State Symphony Orchestra, and Hofer Symphony. 


Going beyond the standard canon of classical music, she was involved in projects such as performing with a 3D printer as a part of the live performance in a piece written by Stefan Bachmann - "Black Wire Concertina #1-5."  

She has also given world-premieres of living composers from Switzerland, Greece, Mexico, Sweden, China, France, South Korea, and the USA. 

As part of her concern to promote women composers, she has presented award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon, Grazyna Bacewicz, and Jessie Montgomery (upcoming) with the Orchesterverein Wiedikon.

Her passion for music extends also to education and healthcare; she currently teaches beginning conducting courses at ZHdK as well as the PreCollege conducting students. She has also presented conducting seminars in elementary schools, elderly nursing homes, a center for adults with disabilities, Immigrant Family Services Institute for Haitian Immigrants, and as a guest artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Arts Museum in Boston, MA (USA). With an interest in neuroscience, she envisions supporting research in the integration of music in healthcare.

She holds a conducting fellowship in the German Music Council’s Dirigentenforum - recently advancing to the Maestros von Morgen list. She is also an Award Recipient of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (2019-21), and a former Conducting Mentee of the Peter Eötvös Foundation Mentoring Program (2020-21).

​In 2020, Holly received a "Career Assistance Award" from the Solti Foundation in the United States.  


Holly was born in Seoul, South Korea, and grew up in California, USA. She began her musical journey as a self-taught clarinetist aged thirteen and received her first private music lesson at age nineteen. She received a full-tuition scholarship toward her Bachelor's Degree in Clarinet Performance and Music Education at the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, CA. Her first Master's Degree in Wind Conducting was completed at the New England Conservatory with Charles Peltz and her orchestral conducting Master's Degree at the Zurich University of the Arts with Johannes Schlaefli. 

Photo Credit: Jura Tros



Photo credits: Melf Holm, Eve Kohler, Nile Scott, Krsto Vulović, Masha Mosconi,

Sabina Bobst


V  I  D  E  O  S

Orchestre de Metz Conducting Masterclass with David Reilland
July 2021

ZHdK Masterclass 

April 2021

Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Jan 2019



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