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Highly praised as a ‘spiritual conductor’ by the French magazine ‘Le Monde’ Hailed as “a spiritual conductor” by Le monde,
Maestro Myung-Whun Chung is one of the most respected conductors of our time today. Following his studies Carlo Masria Giulini’s assistant in 1979 at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and two years later was named Asso-ciate Conductor.
Since then, he has conducted virtually all of the most prominent European and American orchestras, as well as mahor opera houses. From 1984 to 1990, Myung-Whun Chung served as Music Director og the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra in Germany. From 1989 to 1994, he served as Music Director of the Paris Opera, from 1997 to 2005 he was the principal conductor of Santa Cecilia orchestra of Rome and from 2001 to 2010 he served as the Special Artistic Advisor og Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 2000, he has been the Music Director of the Orchestra Philharmonique of the Radio France, Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music Director of the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra which he founded in 1995. in 2011 he was appointed as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle.
He was awarded many prestigious prizes worldwide, among them the Premio Abbiati and the Toscanini prize in Italy, Artist of the year prize, Victoires de la Musique prize and the Commendeur de Legion d’Honneur prize in France, the top Record Academy Prize in Japan, and Kumkuan prize in Korea. As an exclusive artist of the famed recording company Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft since 1984, his recordings have garnered numerous prestigious competitions worldwide. Con-tinuing his collaboration his recoding company, in 2011, Maestro Chung and Deutsche Grammophon established a 5-year exclusive contract with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Long committed to humanitarian causes, Maestro Chung has launcjed several music programs dedicated to youth devel-opment. As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he traveled to Benin last year where he pledged his time to programs in HIV/AIDS, water sanitation, and education. Through the Miracle of Music Foundation which he founded in 2008, Maestro Chung continues to bring together the worlds of humanitarian causes and music.