Munich Philharmonic Orchestra(Münchner Philharmoniker), the true successor of the German sound, comes on the Sejong stage in November.
Münchner Philharmoniker, pride of south Germany, will be partnered with world-renowned Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung and Korean star pianist Lim Yunchan for an all-Beethoven program in the upcoming concert. Well-recognized for clear, transparent tones and a perfect, distinguished balance from the Orchestra’s past visits, this concert undoubtedly cannot be missed.
Starting with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken in Germany, the world-famous Korean maestro Myung-Whun Chung has conducted many prestigious orchestras both in France and Italy such as Teatro Comunale Florence as a guest principal conductor, Orchestre de la Bastille as Opéra Bastille’s music director, and Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia as the principal conductor. From 2000 to 2015, he led the Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio France and became the first principal guest conductor in the history of the Staatskapelle Dresden. Chung has also dedicated his time for the artistic and social causes; he served as the artistic director and principal conductor of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005 to 2015 and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra made Chung a Special Artistic Advisor in 2001, its Honorary Conductor Laureate in 2010, and its Honorary Music Director in 2016.
Pianist Lim Yunchan
Born in 2004, pianist Lim Yunchan took the music world by storm by becoming the youngest person ever to win not only the gold medal, but also the Audience Award and the Best Performance of a New Work in the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2022. His final round performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 conducted by Marin Alsop is currently the most viewed video of the piece on YouTube. It peaked at #24 on YouTube’s global trending list and accumulated nearly 12 million. Also, the performance was picked by the New York Times as one of the best classical music performances of 2022.
In 2019, Lim became the youngest ever winner of the Isang Yun Competition at the age of 15, also winning the Audience Award and the Special Prodigy Award. In 2018, he won the second prize and the Chopin Award in the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists and the third prize and the Audience Award in the Cooper International Competition, resulting in the performance with Cleveland Orchestra at the Severance Hall.
In 2020, Lim was featured in the recording of the “2020 Young Musicians of Korea” album, which was presented by the Korean Broadcasting System and released in the same year. Also, his concerto performance of Beethoven’s ‘Emperor’ with Gwangju Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded and released in November 2022 and he regularly works with maestro Myung-Whun Chung and his One Korea Orchestra.
Lim graduated from Yewon School at the top of his class and has been studying with Professor Sohn Minsoo at the Korea National University of Arts since 2017.
Since his winning the Van Cliburn Competition, Lim quickly became one of the most sought-after pianists and completed a series of recitals to a great success at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall in December 2022, London’s Wigmore Hall and Paris’ Fondation Louis Vuitton in January and February 2023. He also made a debut with Tokyo Philharmonic under Mikhail Pletnev in February 2023.
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Founded in 1893, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra has performed under many legendary conductors; Gustav Mahler premiered his Symphony No. 4 and Symphony No. 8 with the orchestra, and Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel, and many distinguished maestros led the orchestra. Since 2015, Valeri Gergiev became the Orchestra’s principal conductor and led the world tour to Europe, Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan and the US. The Orchestra also holds “MPHIL 360,” a festival to communicate with its diverse audience. As a cultural icon of the city, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra runs a variety of outreach programs to embrace audiences including children and the elderly. The Orchestra made a fresh start for future at Munich’s newly-opened Isarphilharmonie as its home in 2021.