First invitation to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: 9 June 2021
Myung-Whun Chung began his musical career as a pianist, winning second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1974. After his studies at the Mannes and Juilliard Schools in New York, he was appointed assistant to Carlo Maria Giulini in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and became assistant conductor two years later.
Myung-Whun Chung has conducted the world's most prestigious orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as the major orchestras of Paris and London. In the United States, he has collaborated with the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.
He has been recording exclusively for the Deutsche Grammophon label since 1990 and his recordings have won numerous international awards.
Deeply sensitive to the ecological and humanitarian issues of our time, Myung-Whun Chung has devoted a significant part of his life to these causes. In 1996, he received the "Kumkuan", the Korean government's highest cultural award for his contribution to the musical life of Korea. In 2008, he became the first conductor to be appointed a UNICEF Ambassador.