Kyung Wha Chung, violinRadu Lupu, piano

korean-born classical violinist kyung-wha chung

Kyung Wha Chung ~ Bruch - Violin Concerto · Scottish Fantasia

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  • TAG : Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung (photo courtesy of Chung).
  • Kyung Wha Chung is recognised throughout the world as one of the finest violinists of her generation. A prolific recording artist, her dazzling and probing artistry has made her a much-acclaimed performer throughout her forty-year career. Lauded for her passion, her musicality, and the intense excitement that she brings to her performances, Chung’s uniquely expressive interpretations of the violin literature have established her as an artist of the very highest stature.

    Violin legend Kyung Wha Chung will be opening this year’s Verbier Festival in the Salle des Combins on 22 July. Kyung Wha will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto with the Verbier Festival Orchestra,...

  • As members of the Chung Trio, she and her siblings became the United Nations' first good-will anti-drug ambassadors for their concert-giving support of anti-drug campaigns in Rome, New York, Chicago, and other cities of the world. Kyung-Wha Chung has been literally showered with recognition for her sparkling, energetic personality, and for her concentrated, inspiring, and nearly technically perfect performances; she is considered one of the top violinists in the world.

    From the Chicago Tribune: “Few soloists of any age can match Georg Solti in drive and energy output, but last night it took only a measure or two of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto to certify Kyung-Wha Chung as one of them. The comely Korean violinist still in her mid-twenties, took those familiar old melodies and made them sing as if their life depended on it—as indeed it does. There are more accurate players in the thinning ranks of true virtuoso performers, but only a handful with her ability to sustain listener interest and communicate the feeling behind the notes. . . . Miss Chung takes fullest advantage of her instrument’s ability to breathe life into a sustained tone and has an actress’ sense of phrase and pacing. . . . It has been years since I attended a performance of this work which seemed too short. She left me wishing for more.” The complete reviews are , , and .

    Today's page marks the introduction of a new feature, pictorial construction status reports, depicting the progress (or lack thereof) on assorted projects going on around the Stanford Medical Center. We'll start off with 'the Big Hole'. This used to be premiere parking, right in front of the Fairchild Building where I work (you can see the building on the left), but now it's a hole, growing larger day-by-day. Eventually, or so they say, it will be a tunnel connecting the underground Animal Research Facility to the as-yet-unconstructed Clark Building.

    Next up is a lunch-time photo. I took this one while standing in the doorway of the ground-floor deli in the new Clinical Sciences Research Facility. Four or five floors up is a giant aluminum grating that creates a nice area of filtered sunlight, perfect for hanging out on a sunny day. We're looking up at that grating, seeing it partially reflected in the weird, outward-billowing windows that run from the second floor to the roof.

    A little after five pm, I set out walking from the Knudsen Lab towards the Palo Alto/Stanford Caltrain station. It's a nice walk, a little over a half mile, and there are several paths through the Arboretum that provide nice views of one kind or another. The Mausoleum and Grieving Angel are pretty interesting constructions; noted photographer Douglas Keister even named them 'Tomb of the Month' on his web site (though he didn't say which month, or when he gave the award).

    I don't think that the Palo Alto Caltrain station has won any awards, but with some fresh paint and a little bit of reconstruction, it could be in the running for a trophy the early 20th Century pre-space age futurist architecture category. It sort of reminds me of a classic 50's diner too.

    Ting was teaching Taekwondo at Oracle tonight, so I had invited my mom to go to the Kyung Wha Chung show at Davies Symphony Hall with me. Reaching San Francisco, I met my mom at her office on Van Ness. We walked over to Citizen Cake on Grove for a scrumptious pre-show dinner, then waddled back to Davies Hall with plenty of time for the evening's concert.

    We had great seats in the center of the fifth row; just right for getting a good view of the action on-stage. Kyung Chung gave a most excellent performance, and Stammer Goal, accompanying her on piano, was no slouch either. In fact, the experience got me psyched up enough to sign up for her performance this fall in the Villa Montalvo Carriage House Theatre!

    Here's a link to a review of the show by Allan Ulrich at the San Francisco Chronicle which will also give you some background on Kyung Wha Chung: Violinist Chung As Intense as Ever.

  • Date: 2013/10/31
    Time: 8PM
    Venue: Concert Hall, HK Cultural Centre
    Presenter(s): LCSD
    Artist(s): Kyung Wha Chung


    Violin Sonata No. 5 in F, Op. 24, Spring
    Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
    Violin Sonata in G, K379
    Violin Sonata in A


    British violinist Thomas Gould was also in the audience, and tweeted: "Difficult to be charmed by Kyung-wha Chung's Mozart after her curious outburst at parents of a coughing child.

Violinist Kyung-Wha Chung (photo courtesy of Chung).

Kyung Wha Chung has appeared regularly as a soloist with the world's most prestigious orchestras, working with top conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, André Previn, Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Muti and the late Sir Georg Solti. As a recitalist, Kyung-Wha Chung has collaborated with an extraordinary list of important artists including Radu Lupu, Krystian Zimerman, Peter Frankl and Itamar Golan and as a member of the Chung Trio, with her brother, conductor/pianist Myung-Whun Chung, and her sister, cellist Myung-Wha Chung.