Misty, dream-like explorations in a strange land, memories of the past and current longings—experience the wonder of Dvorak’s stirring and profound impressions of America at the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s A New World concert. Symphony No. 9 was written while Dvorak was in living New York City… shortly before the founding of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
*Note: While our previously scheduled guest artist Richard Hirschl is unable to perform at this concert, we are extremely excited to announce guest artist Eun Joo Chung. Read her biography below!Program Notes
Described by Maestro Gerard Schwartz as “a most remarkable artist,” Eun Joo Chung’s gripping interpretations of the piano literature, beautiful sound and superb musicianship have led her to major venues around the world. She has performed in the most prestigious concert halls; in past seasons she has given recitals at the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Musikverein in Vienna, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Most recently, Ms. Chung was invited to play at the 48th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, as well as in Switzerland, at the renowned St. Moritz Piano Festival. She was presented in a series of solo and chamber music recitals in Florence, Italy, and Toulouse, France under the auspices of the La Gesse Foundation, who then sponsored her Carnegie Hall debut in 2004. She opened this season in Seattle, giving the premier recital for the Virtuoso Piano Series at Town Hall.
Ms. Chung’s performances have been heard throughout Europe, Asia and North America, through live broadcasts on television and radio, most notably on ORF Austria, RTHK Hong Kong, King FM in Seattle, WCLV Cleveland, WKRC Cincinnati and Polish National Radio. The Viennese documentary series “Masters from Tomorrow” featured Ms. Chung both in performance and interviews.
Ms Chung’s repertoire includes a staggering number of piano concerti; she has performed with the Moscow Radio Symphony and several major orchestras of Poland in concert tours of Italy and Poland in performances of Rachmaninov’s third piano concerto and Beethoven’s Emperor concerto, respectively. She received accolades in Spain, for stepping in at the last minute for a pianist who could not get a visa, resulting in concert engagements in Madrid and Barcelona. Other orchestral engagements have included performances with the Dortmund Symphony Orchestra, Hohenfels Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany), the Moldova Philharmonic Orchestra (Rumania), Wroclow and Rzesow Philharmonic (Poland), Turin Philharmonic (Italy), Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, Corpus Chirsti Symphony Orchestra, Bremerton Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), Heartland Festival Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra among others.
Innovative and contemporary programming is tremendously important to Ms. Chung. She gave the New York premier of Alternating Current by American composer Kevin Puts, and her courageous and tremendous performance of the Flamenco Fantasy by Frank Martin at the Musikverein in Vienna, garnered her a recording deal with Preiser Records Austria. Equally as important to Ms. Chung is chamber music; she is an avid chamber musician and is much in demand for chamber music recitals. She has worked with members of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Ms. Chung is a native of South Korea where she began her musical studies at the age of four. She studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, the Moscow Conservatory, and at the Peabody Institute with legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher. She has also worked with Paul Badura-Skoda, David Burge, Sergei Dorensky and Béla Siki. Her career was launched when she captured the first prize of the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy. Other awards followed, including the first prize in both the Chopin Kosciuszko Competition in New York and the World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. Prizes in the Schubert International Piano Competition in Germany and the Maria Callas International Competition in Athens were further acknowledgements of her gifts.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.