Myung-Whun Chung began his musical career as a pianist, winning Second prize at the Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1974. After his musical studies at the Mannes School of Music and The Juilliard School in New York, he was appointed Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and became Associate Conductor two years later.
Myung-Whun Chung has conducted some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, including the Berliner Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Wiener Philharmoniker, as well as all the major London and Parisian orchestras. In the USA, he has collaborated with the Metropolitan Opera, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. An exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon since 1990, many of his numerous recordings have won international prizes and awards.
Highlights of the 2022-23 season include a return visit to Teatro La Fenice di Venezia to conduct Falstaff, a European tour with the Münchner Philharmoniker and a return visit to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Myung-Whun Chung will also continue his regular collaborations with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro alla Scala di Milano.
Myung-Whun Chung has been the recipient of many honours and prizes for his artistic work, including the Premio Franco Abbiati and the Arturo Toscanini prize and the Légion d’Honneur (1992) in France.
Deeply sensitive to humanitarian and ecological problems of our age, Myung-Whun Chung has devoted an important part of his life to these causes, launching for example a series of musical and environmental projects in Korea for youth.