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Carolyn Kuan


Recognized as a conductor of extraordinary versatility, Carolyn Kuan has enjoyed successful associations with top tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide. She has served as Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra since 2011.

Future and recent-past engagements include performances with the Baltimore Symphony, the Columbus (OH) Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.  Recently she conducted operatic productions that included Philip Glass’ Satyagraha with English National Opera, Harvey Milk with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Huang Ruo’s M. Butterfly with Santa Fe Opera.

Carolyn Kuan holds the distinction of being the first woman to be awarded the Herbert von Karajan Conducting Fellowship by the Herbert von Karajan Centrum and American Austrian Foundation in 2003.

Photo by Charlie Schuck.