YEO RYEONG AHN (South Korea) most recently appeared as a finalist in the Gustav Mahler competition in Bamberg. She received her master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Illinois and her bachelor’s degree in conducting from the Korea National University of Arts. As the recipient (in Arts) of a Fulbright Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Ahn has appeared in diverse music festivals and masterclasses across the globe. These include engagements to conduct the Bamberger Symphoniker, Croatian Radiotelevision Symphony Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Pierre Monteux Summer Music Festival, Järvi Conducting Academy at Pärnu Music Festival, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra. Ahn’s mentors include Johannes Schlaefli, Christian Ehwald, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Gregory Vajda, Peter Eötvös, Michael Jinbo, Paavo Järvi, Markand Thakar, Tadaaki Otaka, and Jorma Panula. The conductor hopes to work with orchestras worldwide, to build connections that will enhance the development of the classical-music industry in Korea.