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Byung Rhee

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Music Director and one of the original founders of Camerata New Jersey, Maestro Ben Byung_Hyun Rhee has amassed quite a résumé and recognition throughout his career. He has served five years as Associate Conductor to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where he led concerts with world renowned soloists including Emanuel Ax, Garrick Ohlsson, Itzhak Perlman, Glenn Dicterow, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, to name but a few.

Maestro Rhee’s innate ability to masterfully lead an orchestra has been acknowledged throughout the industry, and he is recognized as one of America’s most gifted young conductors. He was presented with the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award, an annual program that selects only one conductor from a pool of nearly three hundred from all over the country. The League of American Symphony Orchestras presented Mr. Rhee in its National Preview of Conductors with the Jacksonville Symphony and the SYMPHONYmagazine selected him as an emerging artist to watch.

Guest conductor orchestral engagements to his credit include Tennessee Philharmonic, Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, Amarillo Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Korea’s prestigious Korean Broadcasting Symphony (KBS), the Tae_Jeon City Philharmonic, the Korean Symphony, the Chungnam State Philharmonic Orchestra (where he served as Music Director/Conductor for three years before his appointment in Nashville), and the Lautus Chamber Orchestra, which he founded in New York City in October 1995.
As an opera conductor, Maestro Rhee has directed performances with the Nashville Opera Company and New Jersey State Opera, where he assisted veteran maestro Alfredo Silipigni.  Rhee re_orchestrated Opera L’Amiraglio Yi Sun Sin and conducted its world premiere. He has also conducted annual performances of The Nutcracker with the Huntsville Ballet and Symphony. 

Some highlights of his recent seasons with the Nashville Symphony include an A&E live broadcast of their Fourth_of_July Concerts featuring Al Green, Beach Boys and Lee Ann Womack hosted by Chris Noth from Sex and the City, and the annual Beethoven Festival. From 2004 to 2006, on July 4, Maestro Rhee led the orchestra in a live nationwide broadcast for NBC’s Great American Country, a program featuring country stars like Phil Vassar, Sarah Evans, the Oakridge Boys, and Charlie Daniels.  Korea’s Central Daily Newspaper named him Musician of the Year, and his numerous successful performances in his native country led to the creation of a television program (KBS_1 TV) called “Byung_Hyun Rhee’s Classical Music Tale” produced in conjunction with the K.B.S. Orchestra.

In the fall of 2012 he founded the Camerata Youth Orchestra and Choir which had its inaugural concert in the summer of 2013.  In 2015, he founded Camerata Men’s Choir based in Fort Lee, NJ.  Always interested in developing and promoting young musicians he created Camerata Artists International Competition in 2011, and in 2017 he launched the Prima Volta Music Competition.