Excelling as a versatile soloist, chamber musician, and educator, Hyunjee Chung is sought-after for her compelling and intelligent interpretations of diverse repertoire from the classical to contemporary. Chung made her solo debut with the Seoul National Symphony in 2010 performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. She is a prize winner of numerous competitions including the Baltimore Music Club Competition, Soloists’ Competition at BU, and Seoul National Symphony Orchestra Competition. Her recent solo engagements include a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto under the baton of Maestro Bramwell Tovey, and a performance of the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra for their 2020 season.
A devoted chamber musician, Chung’s recent chamber music collaborators include the members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Parker Quartet, Bayla Keyes, Michelle LaCourse, Ronda Rider, Lila Brown, Diane Walsh, Ettore Causa, Mihai Marica, and Dennis Kim. Also in demand as an orchestral player, Chung has been a member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra since 2007, led by Gábor Takács-Nagy. Her recent performances with the VFCO includes residencies at Schloss Elmau, Germany, Tsinandali Festival in Georgia Republic, as well as their concert tour of Hong Kong, China, and Dubai where she collaborated with musicians from Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. Chung has performed with a number of renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev, Ivan Fischer, Zubin Mehta, Robert Spano, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Manfred Honeck, Semyon Bychkov, Gianandrea Noseda, and Michael Tilson Thomas. In addition, she played concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Chung has concertized widely and has appeared on stages including Boston Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Mechanics Hall, Sanders Theater, Baird Auditorium in Smithsonian, Seoul Arts Center, Hong Kong City Hall, National Grand Theater of Beijing, and Dubai Opera. She has been invited to numerous festivals including Verbier Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, Norfolk Chamber MusicFestival, and Taos School of Music where she worked closely with Robert McDonald, Peter Frankl, the members of the Brentano, Borromeo, Shanghai, and the Emerson String Quartet.
Dr. Chung has a deep interest in exploring and sharing the ‘hidden gems’ of the violin and chamber repertoire, particularly the marginalized late works by Robert Schumann. She recently presented talks and lecture-performances on her research on R. Schumann’s Phantasie for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 131, and hopes to help students, fellow musicians, and the broader community become acquainted with the area of Chung’s scholarly work. In her 2021-22 season, she will be presenting the Schumann Phantasie in its rarely-heard original version with Orchestra Contempo.
Dr. Chung currently serves on the faculty at the New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College. She holds an Assistant Professor position as Ensemble Director and serves on the Violin faculty. A dedicated educator, she has also maintained a private studio since 2008. Prior to her appointment at the NWSA, she taught as a Violin Instructor and Chamber Music Coach at the Boston University College of Fine Arts, and at the Boston String Academy – training built on the El Sistema model. Born and raised in Seoul, Dr. Chung earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Boston University under Professor Bayla Keyes. She previously studied at the New England Conservatory with violinist Soovin Kim, and holds a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory, as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Seoul National University where she studied with violinist Ju-Young Baek.