Yeon Hwa Chung

Born in Seoul, harpist Yeon Hwa Chung started playing the harp at the age of 8.

Since her early days, Ms. Chung has shown her great musicianship by achieving 1st prizes in numerous national and international competitions, including the 19th Nippon International Harp Competition, which she made as the first Korean harpist to win the Professional Division.

She has made public TV appearances as a rising artist in Korean Broadcasting System’s TV series, “The Classic Odyssey”. She was also invited to perform at the 10th World Harp Congress held in Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw. Ms. Chung has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Romanian National Orchestra, Galati Symphony Orchestra and SNU Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2016, she won the Mannes Concerto Competition at the New School and was featured as a soloist for the 2016-17 season to perform Ginastera Concerto at the Tishman Auditorium.

Along with her solo career, Ms. Chung has shown her musicianship as an orchestral harpist as well. She participated in Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra’s recording of Mahler no.2 produced by Deutsche Grammophon and has travelled four different countries as a guest harpist for the 2011 European Tour. In the same year, she performed the U.S premier of the opera “Kommilitonen!” by Sir Peter Maxwell Davis presented by Juilliard Opera. Her orchestral experiences include concerts with Charles Detoit, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Itzhak Perlman, Myung Whun Chung, Marin Alsop and so on. She has made her appearance in performances at the Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Concertgebouw, Seoul Arts Center, Bremen Music Festival, and Juilliard’s Focus Festival.

Yeon Hwa Chung holds a bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University, a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School and Professional Studies Certiicate in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music (Dean’s List). Ms. Chung graduated with Professional Studies Certiicate from the Mannes School of Music at the New School in 2017 and continues her active freelance career as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and private instructor. Ms. Chung has worked with Nancy Allen, Deborah Hoffman, Mariko Anraku and Susan Jolles.

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