2016 Jinji Lake Arts Festival – KYUNG-WHA CHUNG Violin Recital
Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001, in G Minor
Partita No.2, BWV 1004, in D Minor
Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005, in C Major
In a career that has spanned more than forty years, KyungWha Chung has been one of the most sought‐after musicians on the international stage. She has earned recognition worldwide as a performing artist of the very highest stature: in 1972 the South Korean government awarded Ms. Chung with its highest honor, the medal of Civil Merit; and she has been cited by the Sunday Times of London as one of the most important contributors to the British cultural scene. The depth of her musicianship, commitment and passion for her art characterize each performance and recording. After a seven-year hiatus due to an injury, she resumed her performing career in 2011 and proved in her recital in Seoul that she has grown further and deeper as a consummate artist and brought out passionate, overflowing response from her fans.
KyungWha Chung was born into a musical family in South Korea and began studying the violin at age six. At the age of twelve she left her native country to study with Ivan Galamian at the Juilliard School in New York; she was coached further by Joseph Szigeti and Simon Goldberg. After winning the Leventritt competition in 1967, she embarked upon her career in North America, appearing with most of the world’s finest orchestras. She made her sensational European debut in 1970 at the Royal Festival Hall with Andre Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto. Her intensity, delicacy, and dramatic stage presence brought invitations for three more London concerts and a tour in Japan as well as a television appearance. Engagements with the London Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, and other top orchestras with Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt, Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Mazel, Daniel Barenboim, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Charles Dutoit followed, firmly establishing her international career. Her duo recitals and recordings with Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimerman, Peter Frankl, Stephen Kovacevich received highly acclaimed reviews, and represented as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNDCP (United National Drug Control Programme), and made numerous critically acclaimed recordings.
Kyung Wha Chung recorded Tchaikovsky and Sibelius Violin Concerto under the Decca label in 1970 and followed with over 30 recordings under Decca, Deutche Grammophon, RCA and EMI label and her recording of Bartok’s Violin Concerto No.2 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle, and Respighi and Strauss sonatas with Krystian Zimerman earned the coveted Gramophone Awards.
In 2007, She joined Juilliard as a member of the faculty of the Music and Pre-College Divisions. In 2011, she received the Ho-Am Prize in the Arts division for her illustrious 40-year long career as a violinist and an educator.
In 2016, she has signed with Warner Classics, owner of EMI Classics with which she previously had an exclusive contract, and this Autumn, Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin will be released worldwide.