In her international career spanning nearly four decades, cellist
Myung-Wha Chung has established herself as a consummate artist
of extraordinary musicality.
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".
William DeRosa, (Cellist)
William DeRosa has established himself as one of the leading
cellists of his generation. Melding distinctive artistry,
profound musicianship and exquisite tone, DeRosa was described
by the late Leonard Rose as ¡°one of the most brilliant cello
talents in the world.¡±
A performer of international stature, DeRosa regularly collaborates
with such renowned conductors as Raymond Leppard, Myung-Whun
Chung, James Judd, JoAnn Falletta, Yan-Pascal Tortelier with
numerous orchestras including the Los Angeles and Florida
Philharmonics, the Symphony Orchestras of Milwaukee, Utah,
and San Francisco and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. As a
recitalist, DeRosa has performed in major music centers in
the United States including Washington, DC¡¯s Kennedy Center,
the Music Center in Los Angeles, Chicago¡¯s Orchestra Hall,
Boston¡¯s Jordan Hall and Jones hall in Houston. DeRosa is
also an active chamber musician, performing with many of the
world¡¯s leading ensembles including the Artis, Emerson and
Cleveland quartets. His festival appearances have taken him
to Aspen, Marlboro and Seattle, as well as Europe and at sea.
DeRosa has regularly performed on the National Public Radio,
and has been the subject of documentaries and television specials
broadcast on PBS and CBS.
Highlights of recent seasons include engagements in Chicago,
Los Angeles, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee,
Florida and two appearances in New York at Lincoln Center
and Carnegie Hall. In 2001 DeRosa embarked on special project
to perform all of Bach Cello Suites in one evening and were
recorded in the fall of 2002, DeRosa began a five-week tour
of Japan. This was his fifth re-engagement which has included
performances in virtually all of Japan¡¯s major music venues.
The BBC Philharmonic invited DeRosa to be their soloist in
the Elgar Concerto on their American tour. While performing
the Shostakovich Concerto No. 1 with the Florida Philharmonic,
DeRosa and British-born conductor James Judd began a relationship
which blossomed into a rare artistic collaboration. They performed
four series of concerts over three consecutive seasons, performances
of concerti by Shostakovich and Dvorak and the Beethoven Triple
Concerto. DeRosa has also collaborated with James Judd performing
Bloch¡¯s Schelomo and Bruch¡¯s Kol Nidre.
DeRosa accompanied Sara Caldwell on a tour of Russia with
Ekaterinburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The release of a live
recording of the Shotakovich 1st concerto from that tour was
awarded a place on Stereophile Magazine¡¯s 1997 list of ¡°Ten
Best recordings¡± and declared a ¡°record to die for.¡± DeRosa
returned to Europe with the Ekaterinburg Orchestra to perform
the premiere of a new work by Giya Kanchelli for cello, counter-tenor
DeRosa¡¯s reputation as an avid champion of contemporary music
is equally established in America, and prompted the avant
garde composer David Amram to invite DeRosa to give the New
York premiere of his cello concerto Variations on a Theme
of Sitting Bull. In December 2000, DeRosa traveled to South
America to join the Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico in a
gala concert honoring the 120th anniversary of the birth of
Pablo Casals and returned to Puerto Rico in April for his
DeRosa has recorded for EMI Classics and Audiofon Records.
His release for Audiofon include a disk of sonatas for cello
and piano by Brahms, Strauss and Schuman with pianist Li Jian,
and Shostakovich concerti with the Ekaterninburg Philharmonic
Orchestra, conducted by Sarah Caldwell, which was awarded
a place on Steriophile¡¯s 1991 list of ¡° ten best recordings.¡±
In addition, he has recorded an album of short works for cello
and piano entitled ¡°Cellist Holiday¡±, and the chamber music
of Rachmaninoff. In May 2002 EMI Classics released a compilation
album entitled ¡°Cellist Forever.¡±
Born into a family of musicians, DeRosa began his musical
studies with Eleanor Schoenfeld in Los Angeles. At age twelve,
with an invitation from the legendary cellist Gregor Piatagorsky,
DeRosa was asked to join his master class at the University
of Southern California. DeRosa eventually entered the Julliard
School where he continued his studies with Leonard Rose and
Lynn Harrell. In 1980, DeRosa was invited by Issac Stern and
Leonard Rose to join pianist Yefim Bronfman, violinists Cho-Liang
Lin and Joseph Swenson in a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall
concert celebrating the 60th birthday of Maestro Stern.
DeRosa performs on a rare and pristine cello crafted by Dominico
Montangana, Venice 1739.