Der Freischütz Overture
Alban Gerhardt Cello
“I was unable to avoid music. Actually, my musical education began 9 months before I was born …” Myung-Whun Chung was born into a highly musical family as the youngest of seven children. Already at the age of 7 he gave concerts with the Philharmonic Orchestra Seoul – the orchestra which he took over as musical director 53 years later. After studying at the New York Juilliard School, he first began his career as a pianist and performed with, among others, his two sisters Myung-Wha Chung (cello) and Kyung-Wha Chung (violin). In 1979 he became Carlo Maria Giulini’s assistant with the Los Angeles Philharmonic: “I had also studied conducting for a long time, and I felt I had to take a decision.” In 1984 Myung-Whun Chung took on conducting the RSO Saarbrücken; one year later, on 30 May 1985, he gave his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker. There followed chief positions at the Paris Opéra Bastille and at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome; Chung has been the Directeur musical of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France since 2000; beginning in the 2012-13 season he took the position of first guest conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden. After his debut Chung has been a regular – though rare – guest with the Berliner Philharmoniker. He last conducted them in Henze’s Eighth and Mahler’s First Symphonies in December 2001. Now he is expected with a programme that – in addition to the Second Symphony by Johannes Brahms – the maestro will also dedicate to the musical modernism of his adopted country of France.