Lucille Chung, piano
Biography: Canadian Pianist, Lucille Chung is renowned for her “blazing gutsy performance[s]” (The Washington Post). Celebrated as one of the foremost pianists of her time, Ms. Chung has been making her mark from an early age. By the time she was ten years old she had made her debut performance with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and a few years later claimed first place in the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. Since her early success, Ms. Chung has performed with over 50 leading orchestras around the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, KBS Orchestra, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerífe, Staatskapelle Weimar, UNAM Philharmonic (Mexico), Lithuanian Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana, Flemish Radio Orchestra as well as all of the major Canadian orchestras, such as Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, National Arts Centre, Calgary, Winnipeg, among others. She has also appeared with prestigious conductors including, Krzysztof Penderecki, Vladimir Spivakov, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Charles Dutoit to name a few. In solo recital, Lucille has appeared in the finest concert halls including, New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centre, Washington’s Kennedy Center and Phillips Collection, the Myra Hess Series in Chicago, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional. Festival appearances include the Felicja Blumental Festival in Israel, ChangChun Festival in China, MDR Summer Festival in Dresden, the Bard Festival in New York, the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, the Soria Festival in Spain, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival and the Santander International Festival among others. With many performances this season, Lucille's concert highlights include recitals in Hong Kong, Washington DC and at Lincoln Center in New York. She will also tour throughout Ontario and be guest soloist with the Plano Symphony Orchestra in Texas. In addition to her solo activities, Lucille will tour in recital with her husband, Alessio Bax, as part of the Bax & Chung piano duo with whom she also performs regularly. Ms. Chung has received excellent reviews worldwide for her recordings of the complete works of Ligeti. In addition, her recording of Scriabin piano works on the Dynamic label garnered the maximum 5 Stars from the BBC Music Magazine and Fono Forum in Germany, as well; it received the R10 rating from Répertoire Classica in France. Recently, Lucille embarked on an exclusive contract with Disques XXI. So far, she has released two CDs, Piano transcriptions of Camille Saint-Saëns and Mozart & Me. Both CDs are earning critical praise and have been broadcast internationally. Lucille graduated from both the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School before the age of 20. She then furthered her studies in Europe at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Hochschule für Musik (Franz Liszt) Weimar and Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy, where she worked with the late Lazar Berman. The recipient of the prestigious Virginia Parker Prize from the Canada Council of the Arts, Lucille was awarded an Honors Diploma from the Accademia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. She was also recently named Honorary Professor of the Jilin Arts College in China and is on the faculty of the Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas. Fluent in French, English, Korean, Italian, German and Russian, Lucille and her husband, Alessio Bax, are artistic co-directors of the Joaquín Achúcarro Foundation.