MIA CHUNG, pianist
Since winning First Prize in the Concert Artist's Guild Competition, the U.S. Trust Award, the Channel Classics Prize, and the ITT Corporation Prize at the Concert Artists Guild Competition in 1993, Mia Chung has quickly ascended to the top ranks of America 's young pianists. Most recently, Ms. Chung was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant in April 1997.
Ms. Chung has received the highest praise for her interpretations of Beethoven's sonatas. Her debut recording, as part of Channel Classics Winning Artists Series, features Beethoven sonatas and bagatelles. Of her performances of these sonatas at her New York debut, The New York Times wrote, "Uncommonly insightful, individualistic and lively. . .She found balances and rhythmic emphases that made the work's drama seem fresh. . . . Her playing was dazzling." 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.
Ms. Chung has given recitals 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 , the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam , Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Yokohama Festival in Japan , and with the Chamber Music Society of the Lincoln Center . She has performed extensively as concerto soloist with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony, National Symphony, Alabama Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Billings Symphony and Fort Collins Symphony. 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 .
Recent performance highlights include appearances at Lincoln Center 's Alice Tully Hall, The National Gallery of Art in Washington , D.C. , The Seoul Arts Center, on the FleetBoston Celebrity Series, at the Y Music Society at Carnegie Hall, Cascade Festival Orchestra in Oregon , New Bedford Symphony in Massachusetts , Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul . Ms. Chung recently performed the Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center under the direction of Leonard Slatkin. During the 2002-2004 seasons Ms. Chung performed all the Beethoven piano concertos and toured Korea and the United States with violinist Catherine Cho for performances of all the Beethoven violin and piano 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.
Mia Chung was born in Madison , Wisconsin and grew up in the Washington , D.C. She holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College , 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 Associate Professor of Music at Gordon College .
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