Chung’s violin prowess was evident when, in 1957, at the age of just nine, she performed the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. But it was her London debut in 1970, playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra, which catapulted her to international stardom – the first classical musician from Korea to do so, and just as unusual at the time, a woman in what was overwhelmingly a male world.
In the decades since, Chung has collaborated with top orchestras and conductors around the world, performed recitals and chamber music, and made over thirty critically acclaimed recordings. She has also played regularly with her brother, conductor-pianist Myung Whun Chung, and her sister, cellist Myung Wha Chung.
In this upcoming RFH concert, Kyung Wha Chung is joined by the American-born pianist Kevin Kenner. Kenner won top prize at the 1990 Warsaw Chopin piano competition, earning him comparisons with the great Chopin interpreters Arthur Rubinstein, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Dinu Lipatti. As well as solo work, he has toured and recorded with the Piazzoforte Ensemble.
Thus, London's classical music continues to thrive. The pair's programme will comprise violin sonatas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Franck, as well as a Bach Chaconne. After such a long absence from London, many people are eagerly waiting to hear Chung’s sublime violin-playing resonate again.
|What||Kyung Wha Chung & Kevin Kenner, Royal Festival Hall|
|Where||Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
On 02 Dec 14, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£10 - £40|
|Website||Click here to book tickets via the Southbank Centre website|