Holly Hyun Choe


Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich

Paavo Järvi

Assistant Conductor  20/21 & 21/22 Season

The Solti Foundation - U.S.

Career Assistance Award 2020

Peter Eötvös Mentoring Program
Conductor Fellow  20/21

​Marin Alsop

Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship
Award Recipient 19/20

German Music Council Dirigentenforum
Conductor Fellow
Since 2018

Photos by: Melf Holm

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Upcoming Concerts 21/22

  • DAVOS FESTIVAL Akademie - Guest Conductor
    13. Aug., 20:30 – 22:00
    Davos, Promenade 50, 7270 Davos, Switzerland
    Olivier Messiaen, Petites esquisses d’oiseaux (1985) Emily Doolittle, Woodwings (2018) Emily Doolittle, Migrations (2015) Béla Bartók, Violinsonate, Sz 117 (1943) Sz 117 III Melodia Caroline Shaw, To the Hands (2016), für Chor und Streicher
  • Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (Elbphilharmonie Debut)
    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
    17. Aug., 20:00 – 21:30
    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Platz der Deutschen Einheit 4, 20457 Hamburg, Germany
    Ensemble Reflektor with soloist, Anastasia Kobekina Emilie Mayer, Faust Overture Schubert Arpeggione Tusa edition ed. by Lehel Donath Schumann Symphony No. 4
  • DAVOS FESTIVAL Akademie - Guest Conductor
    Kirche St. Johann
    18. Aug., 20:30 – 22:00
    Kirche St. Johann, Berglistutz 3, 7270 Davos, Switzerland
    Igor Strawinsky, Concerto für Streicher (1946) Stefanie Grob, Nicaragua hets vor üs gha Wolfgang Rihm, 4. Satz aus Sinfoniae I, Messe für Orgel (1971) Gion Antoni Derungs, Fuormas (1971), für Orgel, Streicher und Perkussion Laura de Weck, Vergangene Zukunft
  • DAVOS FESTIVAL Akademie - Guest Conductor
    Kongresszentrum Davos Platz
    21. Aug., 17:00 – 19:00
    Kongresszentrum Davos Platz, Talstrasse 49a, 7270 Davos Platz, Switzerland
  • HSG Alumni Symphony Orchestra
    12. Sept., 17:00 – 18:30
    Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
    Borodin Prince Igor Overture Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto 2
  • Autumn Festival 21 with Wald Ensemble
    30. Sept., 19:00
    Ixelles, Place Eugène Flagey 18, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium
    A partnership with the Korean Cultural Center for the 150 years of relations between Belgium and Korea.
  • Autumn Festival 21 with Wald Ensemble
    01. Okt., 19:00
    Wavre, Chemin de la Sucrerie 2, 1301 Wavre, Belgium
  • ZHdK PreCollege Orchestra
    Zurich University of the Arts
    13. Okt., 19:00
    Zurich University of the Arts, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland
    Ravel Piano Concerto in G Beethoven 8
  • 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
  • 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
    11. März 2022, 19:00 – 12. März 2022, 23:00
    Amiens, Amiens, France
  • Ensemble Reflektor
    08. Apr. 2022, 19:30
    Naxoshalle, Waldschmidtstraße 8, 60316 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • HSG Alumni Symphony Orchestra
    08. Mai 2022, 19:00
    Zürich, St. Peterhofstatt 1, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland
    Spring Concert
  • Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich - Chamber Concert
    02. Juli 2022, 19:00 MESZ – 03. Juli 2022, 23:00 MESZ
    Zürich, Hardstrasse 219, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland


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 will be the new Assistant Conductor in the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich Season 20/21 and 21/22 under the guidance of Maestro Paavo Järvi.

In September 2020, she made her debut at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the Ensemble Reflektor and has been reinvited for future projects including a return to Frankfurt and a debut in the Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal in Hamburg this August 2021.


This summer, she will be the Guest Conductor for the DAVOS Festival in Switzerland this summer. Future engagements include concerts with Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, Montenegro Symphony, Orquestra Clássica do Centro, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, and Orchestre des amateurs des ateliers de la Philharmonie de Paris.

As a guest conductor, she has worked with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester and has given children's concerts with Musikkollegium Winterthur 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, 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, and Jessica Cottis.


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, Picardie Orchestra, 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, is an Award Recipient of the Taki Alsop Conducting Fellowship (2019-21), and a Conducting Mentee 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

ZHdK Masterclass 

April 2021

Paris, France
Nov 2018

Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Jan 2019

Gstaad Menuhin Festival Conducting Academy
Aug 2018