|“For us musicians, music is not just a right, it can help improve a child’s development and education as well as allowing them to dream.” - Myung-Whun Chung|
Myung-Whun Chung, one of the world's most renowned pianist and conductors, is also a committed humanitarian and youth advocate. In 1994, he launched a series of musical and environmental projects in Korea for young people. Maestro Chung was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 7 April 2008.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Chung traveled to Benin where he visited UNICEF-supported programmes in HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, and education and protection. Along with three other musicians from Radio-France Philharmonic, the maestro interacted with community members and participated in hands-on activity to learn about malaria prevention. The trip ended with a concert dedicated to the children of Benin.
Myung-Whun Chung was born is Seoul, Korea. He studied conducting at the Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard School. He has performed with his sisters, violinist Kyung-Wha Chung and cellist Myung Chung, as the Chung Trio. He was a prize winner in the 1974 Tchaikovsky piano competition.
Maestro Chung has been director of Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France) since May 2000. He is currently music and artistic director of Seould Philharmonic Orchestra of Korea.
He has conducted virtually all prominent European and American symphonic and operatic orchestras. He was chief conductor of the Saarland Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1984 to 1990, music director of the Paris Opera from 1989 to 1994.
In 1991, the Association of French Theatres and Music Critics named him "Artist of the Year." The following year he won the Premio Abbiati and the Arturo Toscanini prize in Italy and the Légion d'Honneur in France. He was honoured three times in 1995 with the French Victoires de la Musiques Classiques, and was also named Meillieur Chef d'Orchestre de l'Année. He has received Korea's most distinguished cultural award (Kumkwan) for his contribution to Korean music.
Myung-Whun Chung lives in Seoul.