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 Forum Dirigieren
"Künstlerliste 2021/22"

Guest Artist List
A fellow since 2018

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 'Künstlerliste 2021/22' program by the Forum Dirigiren of the Deutscher Musikrat. More here.


Upcoming Concerts 21/22

  • CANCELED Göttinger Symphony Orchestra
    13. Feb., 19:00
    Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany
    Family Concert Offenbach's The Carrot King
  • Gürzenich Orchester Köln - Assisting Francois Xavier Roth
    14. Feb., 19:00 – 17. Feb., 23:00
    Cologne, Cologne, Germany
    Assisting Francois Xavier Roth Metropolis Rebooted - Martin Matalon
  • Orchestre de Paris (Shared Concert)
    02. März, 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, 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, 16:00 – 18:00
    Tourcoing Conservatory, 4 Rue Paul Doumer, 59200 Tourcoing, France
  • Ensemble Reflektor
    08. Apr., 19:30
    Naxoshalle, Waldschmidtstraße 8, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Montenegrin Symphony Orchestra
    15. Apr., 19:30 – 21:30
    Podgorica, C7P7+WH3 Podgorica, Montenegro
    Nielsen 1 TBA
  • HSG Alumni Symphony Orchestra
    Tonhalle St. Gallen
    04. Mai, 20:00
    Tonhalle St. Gallen, Tonhallestrasse, 9500 Wil, Switzerland
  • HSG Alumni Symphony Orchestra
    St. Peter Church
    08. Mai, 17:00
    St. Peter Church, St. Peterhofstatt 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
    Spring Concert
  • Orchesterverein Wiedikon Concert
    Bühlkirche Wiedikon
    24. Juni, 19:00
    Bühlkirche Wiedikon, Goldbrunnenstrasse 54, 8055 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Children's Concert
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
    03. Juli, 11:15 – 12:15 MESZ
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Children's Concert
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich
    03. Juli, 14:15 – 15:15
    Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Claridenstrasse 7, 8002 Zürich, Switzerland
  • DAVOS Festival
    06. Aug., 19:00 – 20. Aug., 23:00
    Davos, Davos-Platz, 7270 Davos, Switzerland

Season 22/23 debuts will include:
Komische Oper Berlin

Staatstheater Darmstadt

Tucson Symphony

Niedersächsisches Staatsorchester Hannover

Hofer Symphoniker

Kammerakademie Potsdam


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).

She is also the Assistant Conductor of Paavo Järvi at the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich since Season 20/21 and with an extension to Season 21/22.

In 2021 August, 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 last summer, she was the Guest Conductor for the Camerata - DAVOS Festival in Switzerland and reinvited for Summer 2022.


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

Her 22/23 Season will include debuts at the Komische Oper Berlin, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Staatstheater Hannover, Hofer Symphoniker, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, and Kammerakademie Potsdam.

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, Karina Canellakis in Gürzenich Orchester Köln, and Frank Strobel at Orchestre de Paris.

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 David Reiland.


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 mission to promote women composers, she has performed works by composers Emilie Meyer, Grazyna Bacewicz, Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, Jessie Montgomery, Caroline Shaw, and Anna Thorvaldsdottir.

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 Forum Dirigieren - as a conductor on the Künstlerliste 2021/22. She was 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, 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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