Jung-Ho Pak (born February 4, 1962 in Burlingame, California) is an American symphony conductor. He held posts as Artistic Director of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra of which he is now Conductor Emeritus. He was Music Director of the Diablo Ballet and the NEXT Generation Chamber Orchestra. He was artistic director of Orchestra Nova San Diego. Mr. Pak guest conducts internationally in Europe, Asia and Latin America. He is the Director of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, as well as musical director of the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the director of orchestras at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Pak began studying the piano at age 6, and three years later, he was awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory and enrolled in a college music theory class. He began studying clarinet at age 11, and played in bands and orchestras into college.
B. A., Music, University of California, Santa Cruz, (1980-2)
Assoc. of California Symphony Orch. Conducting Seminar, Franz Allers (1982)
San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Michael Senturia, Jahja Ling (1982-4)
Tanglewood Conducting Seminar, (1983)
M.M. University of Southern California, Daniel Lewis (1984-6)
Herbert Blomstedt Conducting Institute, Master Class (1985)
Redlands Symphony Conducting Institute (1986-7)
American Conductors Guild Seminar, Harold Farberman, Dan Lewis (1987)
In 1997, Pak was appointed music director the San Diego Symphony to lead it out of bankruptcy, which eventually became an artistic and financial success, receiving one of the largest endowment pledges in American orchestral history (over $110 million).
In 2006 The San Diego Chamber Orchestra appointed Mr. Pak as artistic director and conductor, in 2009 the ensemble changed their name to Orchestra Nova San Diego to reflect their innovative artistic direction under Pak's leadership.