Described by the legendary conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula as "an outstanding musician,
who is capable to communicate his musical visions - which emanates from his great musical knowledge
and experiences as chamber- and orchestra musician - through clear, elegant and expressive conducting",
Jehi Bahk has been establishing his name in the classical music scene in Korea as an inspiring and versatile conductor.
Jehi Bahk became a member of the Korean Conductors Association after winning third prize at the Graz International Conducting Competition in 2017. He is artistic director and conductor of the Contempus Ensemble, a korean ensemble for contemporary music and conducted orchestras like the Artes National Orchestra Firenze, Kammerphilharmonie Graz, Kuopio Philharmonic Orchestra, Musicamantes Chamber Orchestra Seoul, Orchestra San Giovanni di Napoli, Pazardjik Symphony Orchestra and the Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 he will conduct the Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra as guest conductor of its subscription series.
Born in Vienna/Austria, Jehi Bahk received his first education in piano, violin, composition and conducting at the age of four. He was admitted into the pre-college piano class of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna at the age of five and appeared also as a composer, which has been chronicled in a german magazine with an article titled 'A little Mozart from Korea'. He is holding a master degree in violin performance of the University of Music and performing Arts in Vienna where he studied with Michael Frischenschlager and Dora Schwarzberg and a master degree in orchestra conducting of the Korean National University of Arts, where he studied with Chiyong Chung, a pupil of Michael Gielen. Further studies led him to mentors like Jorma Panula (Helsinki Panula Academy), Kurt Masur (International Mendelssohn Academy Leipzig), Riccardo Muti (Muti Opera Academy), Massimiliano Caldi (Florence Conducting Masterclass), and Gianluigi Zampieri (Nepi Festival).
In Vienna Jehi Bahk has been the leader of the internationally acclaimed Hugo Wolf Quartet, which he co-founded during his studies. With his ensemble he won coveted awards as the Special Prize of the Wiener Philharmoniker, the European Cultural Award for chamber music, and the 1st prize at the International String Quartet Competition in Cremona, which culminated in the nomination as "rising stars" of the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO), which led him to major international concert halls like Carnegie Hall New York, Berlin Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Wien Musikverein, Prag Rudolphinum, Cite de la musique Paris, Symphony Hall Birmingham.
Jehi Bahk served as concertmaster of several orchestras in Korea like the Philharmonia Corea, Prime Philharmonic Orchestra, and also as associate concertmaster of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and performed with conductors like Stephen Asbury, Andrey Boreyko, Myung-Whun Chung, Mikko Frank, Ion Marin, Rossen Milanov, Ludovich Morlot, and Francois Xavier Roth. As a sought after guest leader he performed with orchestras like the Real Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Chuncheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Eurasian Philharmonic Orchestra, Hwaum Chamber Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Philharmonic Orchestra, Pohang Philharmonic Orchestra, Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, Tongyeong International Festival Orchestra, etc. Since 2015 Jehi Bahk has been professor and conductor at the University of Suwon.