Since the 2012/13 season Myung-Whun Chung has been the first artist in the long history of the Staatskapelle Dresden to hold the title of principal guest conductor, testifying to the close working relationship between Myung-Whun Chung and the orchestra. Since 2001 he has conducted numerous concerts and operas at the Semperoper Dresden and on tour. He also frequently performs as a chamber musician with members of the Staatskapelle, including at the 2013 Salzburg Easter Festival, when he wore two musical hats, as conductor and chamber musician.
Born in Seoul, Myung-Whun Chung began his career as a pianist. In 1979 he became assistant to Carlo Maria Giulini at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was principal conductor of the Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra, at the Paris Opéra and the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. From 2000 to 2015 he was music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
He also continues to contribute to the musical life of his home country in various functions, including as artistic director of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, an ensemble which brings together Asian musicians from the world’s leading orchestras for special concert projects. Myung-Whun Chung has collaborated with virtually all of the great orchestras. Many of his recordings have won awards.