Symphony Concert N° 11

Myung-Whun Chung Conductor
Seong-Jin Cho Piano

Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23

Antonín Dvořák

  • Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88

Slav-Russian correspondence

Myung-Whun Chung made his debut with the Staatskapelle in November 2001 conducting Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony. After almost two decades, our Principal Guest Conductor – a self-confessed lover of the Slavic repertoire – is again dedicating himself to this masterpiece. After their first meeting in Prague in 1888, Tchaikovsky and Dvořák maintained a friendly correspondence. Seong-Jin Cho, the brilliant young South Korean pianist and winner of the Chopin Competition in 2015, will perform the Russian composer’s dazzling First Piano Concerto.

  • 07.06.2020
    11:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    23.00 – 45.00 €
  • 08.06.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    23.00 – 67.00 €
  • 09.06.2020
    20:00 Uhr
    Semperoper
    Tickets
    Ticket price:
    23.00 – 67.00 €

Myung-Whun Chung

Principal Guest Conductor

Since the 2012/2013 season Myung-Whun Chung has been the first artist in the history of the Staatskapelle to hold the title of Principal Guest Conductor, confirming the close relationship between the South Korean maestro and the Staatskapelle. Since November 2001 he has conducted many symphony concerts in the Semperoper as well as a new production of Verdi’s »Don Carlo«. In addition, he has accompanied the orchestra on tours through Europe, to the USA and Asia.

Alongside his work on the conductor’s rostrum, Myung-Whun Chung frequently performs as a chamber musician with Kapelle players, for example at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2013 when he wore two musical hats as conductor and chamber musician. In previous seasons in Dresden, Chung has explored the oeuvre of Gustav Mahler, conducting performances of the symphonies nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9 in the Semperoper. In addition, he also conducted works by Gioachino Rossini, Gabriel Fauré and Olivier Messiaen at Staatskapelle concerts.

Born in Seoul, Myung-Whun Chung began his career as a pianist, in 1974 taking 2nd prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He launched his conducting activities as an assistant to Carlo Maria Giulini in Los Angeles, and later directed the Saarbrücken Radio

Symphony Orchestra, the Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. For 15 years he was Music Director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Over the years he has contributed greatly to the musical life of his home country in various functions. For example, he was Artistic Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble which brings together Asian musicians from the world’s leading orchestras for special concert projects. During his career Myung- Whun Chung has collaborated with all the world’s great orchestras. His catalogue of CDs with Deutsche Grammophon features many prize-winning recordings.

In addition to his musical activities, he is highly committed to various humanitarian and ecological causes. He was an Ambassador of the UN Drug Control Programme and in 1995 was honoured as UNESCO’s »Man of the Year«. In 1996 he received the Kumkuan, the highest cultural award of South Korea. He has been appointed the first Cultural Ambassador of his country, and in 2008 became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the first conductor to hold this position.