A widely admired soloist, chamber musician and teacher, cellist Myung-Wha Chung has performed around the world in her five decades of international career. Born to a Korean family of extraordinary musicians, Ms. Chung in recent years led Korea’s PyeongChang (formerly Great Mountains) Music Festival & School as Artistic Director. During the past season, she organized and performed in a special series of gala concerts in USA, Germany, Austria and Korea celebrating the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Over the years, Ms. Chung has appeared with leading orchestras of the world including Britain’s Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Halle, Birmingham, BBC orchestras and London Mozart Players; the Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Washington National orchestras in USA; Rome’s Santa Cecilia; Berlin RIAS, Sudwestrundfunks of Baden Baden, Rundfunk-Saarbruchen and Beethoven Tonhalle in Germany; the Swiss Romande and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra; the Israel Philharmonic, the Barcelona Municipal, the Belgian National and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Goteborg Symphony, the Copenhagen Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Symphony and the Mexican National Orchestra.
She has been a featured performer in many festivals including Lucerne, Maggio Musicale of Florence, Spoleto, Palma de Majorca, Tivoli, Birmingham, Evian and Dijon. She has performed at the White House and the United Nations and appeared on nationally televised programs in the United States, Europe and Korea. She has given solo and chamber music concerts in major cities around the world.
Born and raised in Korea, she studied with Leonard Rose at Juilliard and Gregor Piatigorsky at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She gained international fame after winning the first prize in the 1971 Geneva International Competition and made critically acclaimed debuts in Europe.
In addition to her performing career, Ms. Chung has taught at New York’s Mannes College of Music and the Korean National University of Arts, nurturing a generation of superb musicians. She also has pursued social causes, serving as Goodwill Ambassador for such organizations as the UN International Drug Control Program, UNICEF in Korea, the City of Seoul as well as for the Korean National Human Rights Commission.
Her solo and piano trio recordings as part of the CHUNG Trio – with violinist sister Kyung-Wha Chung and pianist brother Myung-Whun Chung – have been issued on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Sori labels. She has commissioned numerous new works especially from Korean composers and premiered them.
She has served on the Juriu of international cello competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition, the Cassado Competition and the Isang Yun Competition.
Ms. Chung has received numerous awards and honours including the Korean National Order of Cultural Merit “Eunkwan” and the “Excellence 2000” Award from the US-Asia Chamber of Commerce.