Myung-Whun Chung studied the piano and joined the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra when he was only seven. At the age of 21, he won the second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He completed his education at the Mannes College and the Juilliard School in New York where he started his conductor career by multiplying his collaborations. Incidentally, he became Carlo Maria Giulini's assistant at the Los Angelec Philharmonic in 1979 before being appointed conductor associate in 1981.
Between 1984 and 2005, he conducted the Sarrebrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia in Rome and managed the artistic and musical direction for the Orchestra de l'Opéra de Paris and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2000, Myung-Whun Chung has been the music director for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, replacing Mark Janowski. In parallel to that office, he is invited to conduct the greatest orchestras of Europe, America and Asia: the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Scala Theatre Orchestra in Milan, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Metropolitan Symphonic Orchestra, the philharmonic orchestras de Chicago and Boston, and the orchestras of Cleveland and Philadelphia.
As an engaged musician, Myung-Whun Chung is a UNICEF Ambassador and was designated "Man of the Year" by the Unesco in 1995. Myung-Whun Chung cares a great deal about familiarizing the young audience to classical music and regularly gives concerts and workshops with an educational aim.
Seven landmark dates in the life of Myung-Whun Chung
1974: won the second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow
1979: became Carlo Maria Giulini's assistant at the Los Angelec Philharmonic
1989: took over the music direction of the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris until 1994.
1992: was decorated of the Légion d’Honneur.
1995: founded the Asia Philharmonic, a orchestra including the best musicians of eight Asian countries
2000: became the music director for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
2012: conducted at the Salle Pleyel in Paris a concert that united the Unhasu Orchestra of North Korea and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
Radio France musical documentation biography, June 2015.