"... One cannot resist the charm, energy and allégresse that was displayed on the podium by Mary Chun." — Le Figaro, Paris

A fierce advocate of new work, Mary Chun (conductor) has worked with many composers such as John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Libby Larsen, William Kraft, and Tan Dun, to name a few. At the invitation of composer John Adams, she conducted the Finnish chamber orchestra Avanti! in the Paris, Hamburg and Montreal premiere performances of his chamber opera Ceiling/Sky to critical acclaim. Passionate about new lyric collaborations, she has music-directed a number of world premieres, including Libby Larsen’s opera, Every Man Jack; Mexican-American composer Guillermo Galindo’s Decreation: Fight Cherries, a multi-media experimental portrait of the brief life of the brilliant French philosopher Simone Weil; Carla Lucero’s Wuornos, the tragic true tale of the notorious female serial killer; and Joseph Graves’ and Mort Garson’s Revoco.

Recently named Music Director for SEVENAGES Investment Company, the Beijing/Shanghai-based production company that produces blockbuster Broadway musicals in Mandarin translation, Mary’s work as Music Director can be heard in the popular Man of La Mancha production that continues to tour in over 50 cities across China. Upcoming, Mary is slated to music direct a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, opening in Shanghai this May.

Closer to home, she has worked with West Edge Opera, where she conducted Thomas Ades' controversial opera Powder Her Face to international critical acclaim. Other conducting engagements include opera tours with the Kosice Opera throughout Germany, Switzerland and Austria in addition to concerts in Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has also been invited to conduct the Hawaii Opera Theater, Lyric Opera of Cleveland, Opera Idaho, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Ballet San Joaquin, West Bay Opera, Pacific Repertory Opera, and the Mendocino Music Festival. As Resident Music Director for Cinnabar Opera Theater, Mary has been recognized by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle with nominations and awards for Best Music Direction in musicals and opera over several seasons.