Mia Chung

Mia Chung
Mia Chung has ascended to the highest ranks of America’s young pianists. Described as “Uncommonly insightful, individualistic, lively” and “technically dazzling” by the New York Times, Ms. Chung has enjoyed great success as a recitalist, concerto soloist


Mia Chung has ascended to the highest ranks of America’s young pianists. Described as “Uncommonly insightful, individualistic, lively” and “technically dazzling” by the New York Times, Ms. Chung has enjoyed great success as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician. In 1993, she won the Concert Artists Guild Competition and in 1997, she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the highest recognition for young concert artists in the United States.

Selected by Mstislav Rostropovich for a televised collaboration at the age of 16, Ms. Chung has demonstrated a prodigious talent since her childhood. She possesses an exceptional understanding of and love for the works of J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schumann. Most recently, in a live performance of the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach, The Wall Street Journal compared her playing to that of Glenn Gould’s legendary recording of the same in 1955. Her debut recording on the Channel Classics label features Beethoven sonatas and bagatelles. Upon selecting this recording as a "Best of the Year" for 1995, Gramophone magazine noted: "Chung's performance is inspired . . . a totally absorbing musical experience." A Schumann disc followed, winning the Critics Association of Korea Award for best keyboard recording of the year. Channel Classics released two more CDs, featuring Bach's Goldberg Variations and a second volume of Beethoven's Sonatas & Bagatelles. In 2000, Ms. Chung premiered and recorded a work by composer Lee Hyla called Riff and Transfiguration on the Tzadik label, also to critical acclaim. Her first DVD recording entitled, Notations: A Composer’s Response to Crisis will be released in early 2008 and it will include her performances and analyses of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas, Op. 53 and Op. 110.

Ms. Chung has performed extensively as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Alabama Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony, KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, and the Seoul Philharmonic under the direction of such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, Andrew Litton, Murray Sidlin, David Atherton and Richard Westerfield. An active recitalist, known for her combinations of performance and engaging talk, Ms. Chung has performed in major concert halls around the world, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Jordan Hall in Boston, Hoam Art Hall in Seoul, Korea, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Hall (Pittsburgh), Yokohama Festival in Japan and Lincoln Center. Chosen as an Artistic Ambassador by the United States Information Agency in 1993, Ms. Chung toured Thailand, Singapore, Tonga and the former Soviet Union, becoming the first American pianist to perform in Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan and Turkmenistan.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Chung has collaborated with such celebrated artists as Bernard Greenhouse, William Preucil, Philip Setzer, Ani and Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, Carol Wincenc, Paul Neubauer, Gary Hoffman, and Hillary Hahn. A former member of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society II, she has performed in numerous concerts and educational presentations at Lincoln Center. Her performances at summer festivals include the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, the Cascade Festival in Oregon, the Masterworks Festival, the Rockport Festival and the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. From 2002-2004, Ms. Chung toured Korea and the United States with violinist Catherine Cho for performances of Beethoven’s ten piano and violin sonatas.

Emerging as a recognized radio personality, Ms. Chung has been actively involved in radio nationally since 1995, when she served as the first "Young Artist in Residence" for National Public Radio's Performance Today. Ms. Chung's work at NPR earned her a nomination as "Debut Artist of the Year." She went on to positions as "Artist-in-Radio" at WCRB-FM in Boston and WGMS-FM in Washington, D.C. and has appeared on public radio throughout the United States.

Mia Chung was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and received a master's degree from Yale University and a doctorate from the Juilliard School. Her teachers have included Peter Serkin, Boris Berman, Raymond and Anne Hanson and George Manos. Ms. Chung is currently Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Gordon College.


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