The Cape Cod Times calls him the “Electricity Conductor.” The New York Times says he “radiates enthusiasm,” and the Los Angeles Times describes him as “a real grabber.” And that suits Jung-Ho Pak, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, just fine. He firmly believes the orchestra doesn’t exist to simply play notes, but to “grab souls.”
This desire to create a “passionate synergy” between himself and the orchestra has earned him a reputation as a revolutionary thinker in the world of classical music. His mission is to inspire and entertain all generations—onstage and off.
As a passionate advocate for arts in education, he is dedicated to making classical music more accessible to the younger generation. He was drawn to the Cape because of the orchestra’s talent, courage and resources. He was compelled to come because the musicians, staff and board here share his educational dreams.
In addition to his role with the CCSO, Pak currently leads Orchestra Nova San Diego, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Summer Orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He is also music director emeritus of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
He has been the music director at the San Diego Symphony, University of Southern California, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California, Berkeley. For eight years, he served as the principal conductor of the Emmy-nominated Disney Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and has been on national television (60 Minutes, Disney Channel) and radio (NPR) for many years. As a Guest Conductor for a variety of well-known orchestras, he has travelled to Europe, the Soviet Union, South America and Asia.
While he’s crazy about the Classics, there’s more than Bach and Beethoven on this conductor’s iPod. His tastes are encompassing and eclectic. His favorite piece is “whatever I’m listening to or conducting that moment!”