In her international career spanning nearly four decades, cellist
Myung-Wha Chung has established herself as a consummate artist
of extraordinary musicality.
Ms. Chung has repeatedly appeared as soloist with
leading orchestras and in recitals in Austria, Belgium, Canada,
Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland,
the United Kingdom, the United Sates and her native Korea.
She has been a featured performer in many festivals
including Lucerne, Maggio Musicale of Florence, Spoleto, Palma
de Majorca, Tivoli, Birmingham, Evian and Dijon. She has performed
at the White House and the United Nations and appeared on
nationally televised programs in the United States, Europe
She served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United
Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP), undertaking
advocacy activities for the Vienna-based agency. She also
received the Excellence 2000 Award for the "outstanding
contribution to American society in the field of music"
by the U.S. Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce. In 1992,
the Korean Government conferred upon her the National Order
of Cultural Merit "Eunkwan".
Born in Seoul, Korea, she made her debut with
the Seoul Philharmonic. Later, she studied with Leonard Rose
at New York's Juilliard School and with Gregor Piatigorsky
at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
She gained international fame after winning the
first prize in the 1971 Geneva International Music Competition
and made a series of critically acclaimed debuts in Europe.
She had already won the San Francisco Symphony Award in 1967.
In addition to her concert performances, Ms. Chung
teaches at the Korean National Institute of Arts in Seoul
and serves as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in Korea and
also a special envoy for the City of Seoul.
Her solo and piano trio recordings as part of
the CHUNG Trio - with violinist sister Kyung-Wha Chung and
pianist brother Myung-Whun Chung - have been issued on Decca,
Deutsche Grammophon, EMI and Sori labels.
Ms. Chung plays a 1731 Stradivarius cello
known as "Braga".
As a concerto soloist, Colin Carr has played with major orchestras
worldwide including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia,
Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and the orchestras of Chicago,
Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia and Montreal, with Rattle,
Gergiev, Dutoit, Elder, Skrowasczewski and Marriner. He has
been a regular guest at the BBC Proms, has twice toured Australia
and has recently played concertos in South Korea, Hong Kong,
Malaysia and New Zealand. Highlights of the last few years include
return visits to the Philharmonia in London, and a debut with
the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Mark Elder, which led to
immediate engagements with Elder and the Halle Orchestra playing
Dvorak, Elgar and Walton Concertos. Other memorable performances
of Mr. Carr¡¯s have been the Dvorak Concerto to close the Prague
Autumn Festival, and Beethoven¡¯s Triple Concerto with Sir Colin
Davis conducting at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Recitals take Mr. Carr to major cities each season
with regular performances in London, New York and Boston.
In the 06/07 season he will be playing the six Bach Suites
at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York,
the Gardner Museum in Boston and many European cities. As
a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured
extensively for twenty years before forming Sequenza with
Mark Kaplan and Yael Weiss. He is a frequent visitor to international
chamber music festivals worldwide and has appeared often as
a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets
Carr¡¯s recordings of the unaccompanied cello works of Kodaly,
Britten, Crumb, Schuller, and his Bach Suites for Unaccompanied
Cello performed live at Boston's Jordan Hall (GM Recordings)
have been highly acclaimed. The Brahms Sonatas (Arabesque)
with Mr. Luvisi is also a favorite. Mr. Carr was also the
soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic
on a BBC Music Magazine cover CD.
Colin Carr is the winner of many prestigious international
awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition,
the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and Second Prize in
the Rostropovich International Cello Competition.
Mr. Carr first played the cello at the age of five; three
years later he went to the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he
studied with Maurice Gendron and later William Pleeth. He
was made a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998
having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory
in Boston for 16 years; in 1998 St. John's College, Oxford
created the post of "Musician in Residence" for
him and in September 2002 he became a professor at Stony Brook
University in New York.
Mr. Carr is playing on the 1726 ¡°Marquis de Corberon¡± Stradivarius,
generously loaned to him by London¡¯s Royal Academy of Music.
He makes his home with his wife, Caroline, and 3 young children
- Clifford, Frankie and Anya - in an old house outside Oxford.
Anglo-Canadian cellist, Paul Marleyn, has appeared as soloist
and recitalist throughout Europe, Asia and North America, most
notably in London's Wigmore Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall, Chicago's
Cultural Centre, and Geneva's Victoria Saal. In 1984 Paul was
chosen for a BBC TV feature entitled Debu t, and has subsequently
performed regularly as soloist on WGBH radio in the US, CBC
Radio in Canada, Classic FM and BBC Radio 3 in the UK. He recorded
Haydn's D major Concerto for DRS TV in Switzerland in 1992,
and subsequently embarked on a ten city Swiss Tour. He has appeared
as soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Belgrade Radio,
Winnipeg Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kitchener-Waterloo
Symphony, Manitoba Chamber and European Chamber orchestras.
In 1993, his first disc Russian Cello Sonatas
was released worldwide by United Records , he has since recorded
for RCA Victor, CBC Records and CALA Records.
An active chamber musician, he has appeared in the Chamber Music
East, Prussia Cove, Cape Cod, Leicester International, Ottawa
International, Indian River and Norfolk chamber music festivals,
and with members of the Tokyo, Vermeer, St. Lawrence and Hagen
quartets. Since 2000 Paul has been Artistic Director of the
Agassiz Summer Chamber Music Festival and the Agassiz Chamber
Players series in Winnipeg, Canada. Mr. Marleyn also has a special
interest in new music, having been a frequent guest of the prestigious
German group Ensemble Modern, and at the Centara, Almeida, Lviv
Contrasts and Donaueshinger new music festivals. Paul has commissioned
new works by Bramwell Tovey, Kevin Volans, Michael Matthews,
David Raphael Scott, Glenn Buhr, Jim Hiscott and Rodion Schedrin.
Paul is currently Professor of 'Cello at the University of Ottawa
, having held the same position at the University of Manitoba
from 1997-2004. Paul values teaching very highly, and frequently
gives masterclasses at the Royal Academy, Royal Northern College,
Liverpool and Belgrade Universities in Europe, the universities
of Western Ontario, Alberta, McGill and Lawrence in North America,
and the Shen Yang, Jinan and Xian Conservatories in Asia. He
has also served on the juries of Canada's Eckhardt-Gramatte
National String Competition and the Canadian National Music
Festival finals. In 1994 he was elected an Associate of the
Royal Academy of Music, and in 2003 received a prestigious Career
Development Grant from the Canada Council.
In 1985 after under-graduate study with David Strange at the
Royal Academy of Music in London, Paul was awarded a Fulbright
Scholarship to continue his studies with Laurence Lesser at
the New England Conservatory. He gained a Masters Degree and
Artist Diploma before completing his training at Yale University
with Aldo Parisot.
Future engagements include appearances in the Pender Bay, Ottawa
International and Prince Edward County Festivals, and an appearance
with the Belgrade Philhamonic Orchestra. In the spring, Paul
will be touring the UK and China. This season he is featured
in two CD releases; on the CBC Records label, and on his latest
solo disc, From Jewish Life, on Signum Records.
Paul Marleyn is represented by Gossage Artists Management.