Myung Whun 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
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    Bach Adagio [2015]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002415902 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  János Starker,  András Schiff,  Janine Jansen,  Albrecht Mayer  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood,  Ottavio Dantone,  Riccardo Chailly,  John Eliot Gardiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  English Concert,  Academia Bizantina  ... 
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    Radu Lupu: Complete Recordings [Limited Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002402202 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 28
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Radu Lupu,  Vincent Zarzo,  Han de Vries,  George Pieterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster,  Uri Segal,  Edo De Waart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Gala Concert At Royal Festival Hall London 1982
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109111 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Thomas Allen
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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    London Concert - William Walton / Chung, Allen, Previn, Philharmonia Orchestra
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 109110 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Thomas Allen
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
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  • 5.
    Kyung-Wha Chung - The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614053 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Itamar Golan,  Myung-Wha Chung,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Kyung Wha Chung - Complete Decca Recordings [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217700 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Sibelius,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Radu Lupu,  Myung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  André Previn,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    James Galway - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 302633 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 73
    Composer:  Arthur Smith,  Various,  Traditional,  Stan Lebowsky  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Sylvia,  Marisa Robles,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Scimone,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Jörg Faerber,  Eduardo Mata  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Galway Pops Orchestra  ... 
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    Kirill Kondrashin: 3 Classic Albums
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002131202 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Herman Krebbers
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Bartok: Concertos, Miraculous Mandarin / Labeques, Chung, Donohoe, Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 150372 Release Date: 05/07/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Willard White,  Jean-Pierre Drouet,  Katia Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
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    Solti Conducts Bartok
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001746002 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Leó Weiner,  Zoltán Kodály
    Performer:  Alexandru Agache,  Tamás Daróczy,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Myung Whun Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra Strings,  Hungarian Radio/TV Chorus  ... 
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    Violin Encores
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001742802 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  John T. Williams,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Janine Jansen,  Clifford Benson,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Barry Wordsworth,  Charles Dutoit,  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Roby Lakatos Ensemble
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001707802 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
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    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4 'italian'
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706902 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung
    Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi,  Charles Dutoit
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  • 15.
    The Decca Sound - Highlights
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001620002 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Béla Bartók,  Benjamin Britten,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Franco Capuana,  István Kertész,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  John Alldis Choir,  Wandsworth School Boys' Choir  ... 
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    Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Violin Concerto, Coronation Te Deum / Solti, Previn, Chung
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 440324 Release Date: 09/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Benjamin Luxon,  Ralph Downes,  Myung Whun Chung
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky & Dvorak / Giulini, Chung, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1439 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 18.
    Best Violin 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58521 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Vittorio Monti,  Fritz Kreisler,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Tasmin Little,  John Lenehan,  Leon Pommers,  Nathan Milstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin,  Alceo Galliera,  Iain Sutherland,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Virtuosi,  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Stravinsky - Once, At A Border
    Label: Tony Palmer Films   Catalog: 1363 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Felicity Palmer,  Makvala Kasrashvili
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
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    Best Wedding 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64262 Release Date: 06/16/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Klinko,  Ian Brown,  Christopher van Kampen,  Susan Tomes  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Reginald Kilbey,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Stephen Cleobury  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nash Ensemble,  Vienna String Sextet Members,  Ensemble Berlin  ... 
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  • 21.
    Saint-saëns, Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos / Kyung Wha Chung
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448128 Release Date: 03/03/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Ernest Chausson
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dvorak: Piano Trios, Op 21, Op 65 / Chung Trio
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421118 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Myung-Wha Chung
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chung Trio
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    Elgar: Cello Concerto;  Walton: Violin Concerto
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 421385 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir William Walton
    Performer:  Lynn Harrell,  Myung Whun Chung
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Elgar: Violin Concerto / Chung, Solti
    Label: London/Decca British Collection   Catalog: 421388 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Phillip Moll
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Once, At A Border - Igor Stravinsky
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 1157 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Felicity Palmer,  Makvala Kasrashvili
    Conductor:  David Atherton,  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio & TV Symphony Orchestra
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