Chung Myung-whun returns as a pianist with a chamber music ensemble

Chung Myung-whun (Universal Music)

Conductor Chung Myung-whun will return to the stage as a pianist with a chamber music ensemble as part of a nationwide tour this fall.

He will be joined by four other musicians: violinist Kim Su-yoen, concertmaster at the Konzerthausorchester Berlin; violist Kim Sara, who joined the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig as principal viola from the 2019-20 season, cellist Song Young-hoon and double bass player Sung Min-je.

Kim Su-yoen, Song, and Sung have performed with Chung on stage before.

The piano quintet will perform Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60 and Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A major, D. 667, the “Trout Quintet”.

Chung has worked with many world-class symphony orchestras, including as Music Director of the Opéra Bastille (1989-1994), the Orchester philharmonique de Radio France (2000-2015) and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra (2005-2015).

In August, Chung will lead the KBS Symphony Orchestra in a concert with pianist Lim yun-chan, winner of this year’s Van Cliburn competition in Gwangju.

As a pianist, Chung released “Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms: Late Piano Works” (2021) on Deutsche Grammophon. He gave a series of piano recitals in April last year.

He was also a member of the Chung Trio, playing alongside his sisters – cellist Chung Myung-hwa and violinist Chung Kyung-hwa – in the 1980s and 1990s.

In 2019, Chung played piano in a chamber music concert with members of the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France in Seoul.

The seven-city tour will begin on September 14 in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. The ensemble will perform at the Seoul Arts Center the next day before heading to Gangneung in Gangwon Province, Jeonju in North Jeolla Province, Eumseong County in North Chungcheong Province, Busan and Gyeongju in North Gyeongsang Province.

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