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Myung-whun Chung

Born in 1953, the South Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung embarked on a musical career as a pianist. He made his debut at the age of seven with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Chung studied conducting at the Mannes School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York, going on to serve as Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 

After various permanent and guest conductorships with many leading European orchestras, Chung has become increasingly involved in the music world of the Far East, having co-founded the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he serves as chief conductor. He has held the posts of special artistic adviser of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001 and of art director and principal conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He has toured Europe (making appearances at The Concertgebouw) with the latter ensemble to critical acclaim. 

In 2011, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was the very first Asian orchestra ever to sign a contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Myung-Whun Chung is also music director of the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and the first Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Korea. Since the 2012-13 season, Chung is the very first principal guest conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.  

Myung-whun Chung conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time in 1984 and has been invited back on a regular basis. Early February 2020 he conducted the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, concerts as part of the Mahler Festival in May of the same year were cancelled.

Myung-whun Chung - image: Riccardo Musacchio

Born in 1953, the South Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung embarked on a musical career as a pianist. He made his debut at the age of seven with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Chung studied conducting at the Mannes School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York, going on to serve as Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 

After various permanent and guest conductorships with many leading European orchestras, Chung has become increasingly involved in the music world of the Far East, having co-founded the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he serves as chief conductor. He has held the posts of special artistic adviser of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001 and of art director and principal conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He has toured Europe (making appearances at The Concertgebouw) with the latter ensemble to critical acclaim. 

In 2011, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was the very first Asian orchestra ever to sign a contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Myung-Whun Chung is also music director of the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and the first Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Korea. Since the 2012-13 season, Chung is the very first principal guest conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.  

Myung-whun Chung conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time in 1984 and has been invited back on a regular basis. Early February 2020 he conducted the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, concerts as part of the Mahler Festival in May of the same year were cancelled.

Born in 1953, the South Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung embarked on a musical career as a pianist. He made his debut at the age of seven with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Chung studied conducting at the Mannes School of Music and the Juilliard School in New York, going on to serve as Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. 

After various permanent and guest conductorships with many leading European orchestras, Chung has become increasingly involved in the music world of the Far East, having co-founded the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, of which he serves as chief conductor. He has held the posts of special artistic adviser of the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001 and of art director and principal conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He has toured Europe (making appearances at The Concertgebouw) with the latter ensemble to critical acclaim. 

In 2011, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra was the very first Asian orchestra ever to sign a contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Myung-Whun Chung is also music director of the Korean Broadcasting Symphony, and the first Honorary Cultural Ambassador for Korea. Since the 2012-13 season, Chung is the very first principal guest conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.  

Myung-whun Chung conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra for the first time in 1984 and has been invited back on a regular basis. Early February 2020 he conducted the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 9. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, concerts as part of the Mahler Festival in May of the same year were cancelled.

Myung-whun Chung - image: Riccardo Musacchio
Myung-whun Chung - image: Riccardo Musacchio