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Chungki Min, Mag.art.

Lecturer in Piano, Score Playing and Comparative Work Analysis

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

The Korean-Austrian conductor Chungki Min is since March 2011 a faculty member of the Mozarteum University Salzburg.

 

He took over the artistic directorship for the Austrian-Korean Philharmonic Orchestra in March 2016. Alongside teaching in Salzburg at the University of Mozarteum, he keeps conducting many concerts in Korea and Europe.

 

Recently, Chungki Min had a big musical Successes in Korea with a sensational new production of the opera L'Elisir d'Amore at the grand theatre of the Sejong Centre and followed an immediate reinvitation for the next season. Also got many fabulous critics after his Début with Daegu Symphony Orchestra and the Korean Symphony Orchestra and followed reinvitations from the both of them for next season too.

 

In October 2015, he conducted a very successful concert with the Prague Philharmonia with a program including the compositions from Y. Pagh-Paan and M. Srnka and A. Dvorak in the Dvorak hall of Rudolphinum.

 

His love for contemporary music led him to perform numerous new pieces of contemporary composers.

 

Since he conducted the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in the Melos Ethos International festival of Contemporary Music and also as a part of the ISCM World New Music Days 2013, he has worked closely with the festival and the Melos Ethos Ensemble in Bratislava and Vienna. In November 2015, he was back to the festival and performed with his closest musical partner Ensemble TIMF which was founded in 2001 for the TIMF-Tongyeong International Music Festival in Tongyeong, the home city of the most important Korean composer Isang Yun.

 

He also conducted ECCO-European Contemporary Composers’ Orchestra in the festival for the celebration of 100 years of Austrian composer’s association on its 100th birthday 14th June 2013 at Wiener Konzerthaus.

 

He also worked out with following ensembles: Münchner Philharmoniker, Brucknerorchester Linz, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Orchester der Tiroler Festspiele, Gävle symfoniorkester, PKF-Prague Philharmonia, Filharmonie Bohuslava Martinù Zlin, Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM Mexico City, Deutsche Kammerakadmie Neuss am Rhein, ÖENM-Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Melos-Ethos Ensemble, and also Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra in South Korea. 

 

Born in South Korea, he began piano at the age of 5. After winning the Grand-Prix form the Korean minister of Education in the young musician’s competition at the age of 12, he began to study music theory and composition. Later, he studied composition and conducting at Seoul Arts Highschool and Seoul National University.

 

At the age of 20, he began to work as a musical assistant for the opera productions Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, Zauberflöte, Faust and La Boheme at Opera houses of Seoul Arts Center and KBS hall in Seoul.

 

In November 1996, he made his Debut in the grand concert hall of Seoul Arts Center with the 2nd Symphony of G. Mahler. In January 2001, he made his big successful Opera-debut in Seoul Arts Center with a new production of W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute of which all 32 performances were sold out.

 

He conducted regularly in numerous festivals in South Korea and premiered over 60 contemporary compositions.

Chungki Min was the chief conductor of Bucheon Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and of Seoul Euharmonic Chamber Orchestra in South Korea.

 

In 2002, he moved to Austria and studied conducting further at the Mozarteum University Salzburg under Dennis Russell Davies. In April 2007 he finished the master degree with Top honour and awarded from International Foundation Mozarteum the Bernhard Paumgartner Medaille.

 

The pinnacle during this studying period was two Orchestra concerts:

First, in Dezember 2005 Le Sacre du Printemps from I. Strawinsky as the replacement for his teacher Dennis Russell Davies, in following March 2006 Ein Heldenleben from R. Strauss as the replacement for Peter Schneider. Both concerts gathered best critics.

 

Not only from those two concerts but also through the Opera Zauberflöte in June 2008 and the concert “Von Engeln und Dämonen“ in March 2014, he was well-known to the Mozarteum University as the one who jumped up onto the podium at the last moment of endangered performances and made them up to highly successed ones. He actively participated in the master classes of Peter Gülke, Neil Thompson, and MyungWhun Chung. He also assisted for Edo de Waart, Dennis Russell Davies, and Gustav Kuhn.

 

In May 2007, he has founded his own ensemble MozArt Sinfonietta Salzburg and has performed numerous concerts with the repertories from Baroque to very contemporary music.