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Myung Whun Chung

conductor , pianist

Myung-Whun Chung, Korean, Italian conductor. Named Victoires de la Musique Best Conductor; recipient Second prize, Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, 1974, Abbiati Prize, Italian Critics, 1987, Arturo Toscanini prize, 1989, Best Lyrical Production, Best French Classical Recording, 1995, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur'honneur, French Government, Top Concert Performance award, Music Pen Club, 2001.

Background

Chung, Myung-Whun was born on January 22, 1953 in Republic of Korea.

Education

Studies the piano with Reisenberg. Studies conducting with Bamberger, Mannes College. Graduate, Juilliard School, 1974.

Career

Conducting début Korean Symphony Orchestra, 1971. With Sixteen Ehrling, 1975—1978. Assistant conductor Los Angeles Philharmonic, 1978—1980, associate conductor, 1980.

Chief conductor Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, 1984—1990. Conductor New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Washington, Boston Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Orchestra, Metropolis Opera, San Francisco Opera, since 1986. Principal guest conductor Teatro Communale, Florence, Italy, 1987—1992.

Musical director Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Paris, 1989—1994. Chief conductor Korean Broadcasting System, since 1994. Covent Garden début conducting Otello, 1997.

Music director and principal conductor Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, 1997—2005. Musical director Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, since 2000. Founder and musical director Philharmonic Orchestra of Asia.

Formed a piano trio with sisters Kyung-Wha and Myung-Wha.