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Jung-Ho Pak

Described by The New York Times as a conductor who "radiates enthusiasm" and Los Angeles Times as "a real grabber", Jung-Ho Pak is known for his unique vision of the role of classical music. Since 2007 he has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Symphony. In 2012, Pak stepped down after six seasons as Artistic Director and Conductor of Orchestra Nova (San Diego), an orchestra recognised for its innovative programmes and business model. Pak is also Music Director Emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. As Music Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra (1997-2002), Pak led the orchestra from bankruptcy to an unprecedented financial success. From 2003-2013, he has been director of orchestras and Music Director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.


As a nationally recognised educator, he served as Music Director with the University of Southern California (USC) Symphony and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra. He has also served as Principal Conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and as Music Director of the Debut Orchestra, International Chamber Orchestra, NEXT Chamber Orchestra, Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and Diablo Ballet.

Guest conducting has taken him to Europe, Russia, South America and Asia. Pak is also a frequent speaker on television and radio including TED Talks and NPR appearances, as well as a clinician and conductor at national music festivals.