Kyung-Wha Chung

Biography

Born: March 26, 1948; Seoul, South Korea  
Korea's long, rich tradition in the performing arts has helped it produce a number of internationally acclaimed classical musicians, despite its relatively short acquaintance with Western music. Kyung-Wha Chung was the first of Korea's performers to achieve this status. She is best known as a concert soloist, but is also recognized for her appearances with her younger brother, the pianist and conductor Myung-Whun, and elder sister, the cellist Read more Myung-Wha, in the Chung Trio.

Born in Seoul, in 1948, Chung at first took up the piano; however, a magnetic introduction to the violin at the age of 6 inspired her to switch. After studying with Shin Sang Chul, she made her debut at the age of nine with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn's E minor Concerto. When she was 12 years old, Chung toured Japan, and the following year moved to New York to study at the Juilliard School of Music with Ivan Galamian, with whom she worked until 1971.

In the late '60s she took first prize at the Leventritt Competition (along with Pinchas Zukerman) and also appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She made her London debut with its Symphonic Orchestra in 1970, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto. Shortly thereafter, she began to expand her circle of teachers by working with Josef Gingold, Szymon Goldberg, Paul Makanowitzky, and Joseph Szigeti. Her sonata partners have included Peter Frankl, Itamar Golan, Radu Lupu, Stephen Kovacevich, and Krystian Zimerman, and she has performed with leading conductors, such as André Previn, George Solti, and Lorin Maazel. Her brother, Myung-Whun, has also been the acting conductor when she has performed as soloist.

At the turn of the twenty-first century she maintained a rigorous touring schedule, performing more than 100 times a year. She was named one of the most prominent violinists of the latter part of the twentieth century by The Sunday Times of England, and took eight curtain calls in the mid-'90s when she played Bartók's Second Violin Concerto at a concert at the Champs Elysees Theater in Paris, organized to commemorate the 70th birthday of Pierre Boulez. The performance, which was recorded by EMI, was critically acclaimed and awarded the Grammophon Prize. Her other recordings, totaling over 20, include the concertos of Beethoven, Berg, Bruch, Elgar, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky, and Walton, and are primarily under the Decca label.

As members of the Chung Trio, she and her siblings became the United Nations' first good-will anti-drug ambassadors for their concert-giving support of anti-drug campaigns in Rome, New York, Chicago, and other cities of the world. Kyung-Wha Chung has been literally showered with recognition for her sparkling, energetic personality, and for her concentrated, inspiring, and nearly technically perfect performances; she is considered one of the top violinists in the world. Read less

Biography

Born: March 26, 1948; Seoul, South Korea  
Korea's long, rich tradition in the performing arts has helped it produce a number of internationally acclaimed classical musicians, despite its relatively short acquaintance with Western music. Kyung-Wha Chung was the first of Korea's performers to achieve this status. She is best known as a concert soloist, but is also recognized for her appearances with her younger brother, the pianist and conductor Myung-Whun, and elder sister, the cellist Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Violin Concerto No.2: Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No.2: Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto No.2: Allegro molto
Rhapsody No. 1, Sz.87: Lassů - moderato
Rhapsody No. 1, Sz.87: Friss - Allegro
Rhapsody No. 2 Sz90: Lassů - Moderato
Rhapsody No. 2 Sz90: Friss - Allegro
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 2. Adagio
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 3. Finale (Allegro energico)
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 1. Andantino
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 3. Moderato
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78: I. Vivace ma non troppo
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78: III. Allegro molto moderato
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.100: I. Allegro amabile
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.100: II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di piů - Andante - Vivace
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.100: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)
Violin Sonata and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op.108: I. Allegro
Violin Sonata and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op.108: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op.108: III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Violin Sonata and Piano No. 3 in D Minor, Op.108: IV. Presto agitato
Violin Concerto No.2: Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto No.2: Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto No.2: Allegro molto
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: I. Allegro
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: II. Adagio cantabile
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: III. Scherzo (Allegro assai) & Trio
Piano Trio No. 1 in E flat major Op.1 No.1: IV. Finale (Presto)
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op.70 No.1"Ghost": I. Allegro vivace e con brio
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op.70 No.1"Ghost": II. Largo assai ed espressivo
Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op.70 No.1"Ghost": III. Presto
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: I. Allegro con brio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: II. Adagio
Piano Trio in B flat major Op. 11: III. Allegretto
Piano Trio in B Flat, Op.97 'Archduke': I. Allegro moderato
Piano Trio in B Flat, Op.97 'Archduke': II. Scherzo (Allegro) & Coda
Piano Trio in B Flat, Op.97 'Archduke': III. Andante cantabile
Piano Trio in B Flat, Op.97 'Archduke': IV. Allegro moderato - Presto
1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Adagio di molto
3. Allegro, ma non tanto
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): I. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): III. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
Rhapsody No. 1 Sz87: Lassů - moderato
Rhapsody No. 1 Sz87: Friss - Allegro
Rhapsody No. 2 Sz90: Lassů - Moderato
Rhapsody No. 2 Sz90: Friss - Allegro
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61 - 1. Allegro
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61 - 2. Andante
Elgar: Violin Concerto in B minor, Op.61 - 3. Allegro molto
Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12
Elgar: Salut d'amour, Op.12
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77 (cadenzas: Joachim): Allegro non troppo
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op. 77 (cadenzas: Joachim): Adagio
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.77 (cadenzas: Joachim): Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace
The Four Seasons, Concerto in E Major, RV 269 "Spring": I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto in E Major, RV 269 "Spring": II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Concerto in E Major, RV 269 "Spring": III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Concerto in G Minor, RV 315 "Summer": I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Concerto in G Minor, RV 315 "Summer": II. Adagio
The Four Seasons, Concerto in G Minor, RV 315 "Summer": III. Presto
Romantic Pieces, no.1
Romantic Pieces, no.2
Romantic Pieces, no.3
Romantic Pieces, no.4
Notturno & Tarantella Op.28: Notturno
Notturno & Tarantella Op.28: Tarantella
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 1. Allegro molto appassionato
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 2. Andante
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op.64 - 3. Allegro non troppo - Allegro molto vivace
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 2. Adagio
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 3. Finale (Allegro energico)
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - Introduction - Grave - Adagio cantabile
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - 2. Allegro
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - 3. Andante sostenuto
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - 4. Finale (Allegro guerriero)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78: I. Vivace ma non troppo
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78: II. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Op. 78: III. Allegro molto moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: I. Allegro amabile
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: II. Andante tranquillo - Vivace - Andante - Vivace di piů - Andante - Vivace
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: III. Allegretto grazioso (quasi andante)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D mino, Op. 108: I. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D mino, Op. 108: II. Adagio
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D mino, Op. 108: III. Un poco presto e con sentimento
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in D mino, Op. 108: IV. Presto agitato
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 1. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 2. Adagio
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26 - 3. Finale (Allegro energico)
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - Introduction - Grave - Adagio cantabile
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - 2. Allegro
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - 3. Andante sostenuto
Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op.46 - 4. Finale (Allegro guerriero)
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.20 - 1. Allegro -
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.20 - 2. Andante espressivo -
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.20 - 3. Tempo I
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61 - 1. Allegro non troppo
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61 - 2. Andantino quasi allegretto
Saint-Saëns: Violin Concerto No.3 in B minor, Op.61 - 3. Molto moderato e maestoso
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 1. Allegretto ben moderato
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 2. Allegro- Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 3. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Largamente - Molto vivace)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 4. Allegretto poco mosso
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 - 1. Allegro vivo
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 - 2. Intermčde (Fantasque et léger)
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 - 3. Finale (Trčs animé)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Canzonetta (Andante)
3. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61: I. Allegro ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61: II. Larghetto -
Violin Concerto in D, Op.61: III. Rondo (Allegro)
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato) -
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op.26: III. Finale (Allegro energico)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 1. Allegretto ben moderato
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 2. Allegro- Quasi lento- Tempo 1 (Allegro)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 3. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato - Largamente - Molto vivace)
Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A - 4. Allegretto poco mosso
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 - 1. Allegro vivo
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 - 2. Intermčde (Fantasque et léger)
Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor, L.140 - 3. Finale (Trčs animé)
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137 - 1. Pastorale
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137 - 2. Interlude
Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola, and Harp, L. 137 - 3. Finale
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 1. Andantino
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 2. Scherzo. Vivacissimo
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No.1 in D, Op.19 - 3. Moderato
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 1. Toccata
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 2. Aria I
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 3. Aria II
Stravinsky: Violin Concerto in D - 4. Capriccio


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