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Appointed the 10th music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011, Carolyn Kuan is recognised as one of the most exciting, innovative and outstanding conductors of her generation. Her North American engagements include the Baltimore, San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Milwaukee and North Carolina symphonies; the Florida and Louisville orchestras; the New York City Ballet; Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music; and the New York City Opera. International engagements include concerts with the Bournemouth Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán, Residentie Orkest, and the Royal Danish Orchestra.

In addition to traditional repertoire, Carolyn Kuan is equally known for her unique expertise in Asian music and contemporary works. She has led world premières for music from Japan and has conducted multimedia productions of The Butterfly Lovers Concerto and A Monkey’s Tale as part of Detroit Symphony’s World Music Series. Since 2007, she has directed the annual San Francisco Symphony Chinese New Year Concert. For the Seattle Symphony, Ms Kuan helped launch the hugely successful Celebrate Asia! programme with community leaders representing eight Asian cultures, and led sold out performances for three consecutive years.

The recipient of numerous awards, she holds the distinction of being the first female to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship. Winner of the first Taki Concordia Fellowship, she has received additional awards from the Women’s Philharmonic, Conductors Guild and Susan W. Rose Fund for Music.

Role: Conductor 
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