Dr. Minna Rose Chung

"Chung is a bright light on the Winnipeg cello scene, her intelligent musicality and rich resonance [are] valuable additions to any ensemble... devoted and playing with admirable gusto!"

Gwenda Nemerofsky, Winnipeg Free Press

January 14, 2016 - Theodore Chan Master Class
Prominent musician and double bassist of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra teaches a master class on Beethoven orchestral excerpts for the Desautels Faculty of Music studio of Dr. Minna Rose Chung. 

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Recent Performance:

Oleg & Friends: March 29th, 2015 Desautels Piano Trio in performance with "Oleg and Friends" concert series.

European Tour: June -July 2015. Desautels Piano Trio in a lecture / recital and performance at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia. Other tour cities include Birmingham, UK, Stockholm, Sweden.

November 13, 2014 performance of the Beethoven's Revolutionary Sonatas for Cello and Piano; Part One: Opus No.5/1 and 2, Opus 69 at collaborative recital with special guest artists: Se-Doo Park, Cello; Katherine Lee and Judy Kehler -Siebert, Piano.

On October 27th, 2014 performance "Amazule Voices for Solo Cello and Live Electronics" composed by Professor of Composition, Orjan Sandred at the Groundswell New music concert "Devotion: Live Electronics & the Limits of Perception".

UM TODAY Article: Viva revolutionary Beethoven!

Education B.Mus. (Oberlin), M.Mus. (Northwestern), D.M.A. (Stony Brook)

Principal Teachers:

  • Norman Fischer, Oberlin
  • Peter Reijto, Oberlin
  • Hans Jorgen Jensen, Northwestern
  • Colin Carr, StonyBrook, NY

Chamber Music: harrington and chung

  • Emerson String Quartet
  • Kronos String Quartet
  • Juilliard String Quartet
  • Chicago String Quartet

Minna Rose shares Brazilian folk songs arranged for cello choir
with her mentor, David Harrington of the Kronos String Quartet


  • Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
  • Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra, Santo Domingo,  Dominican Republic
  • New World Symphony, Miami Beach, Florida
  • Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • Spoleto Festival Orchestra, Spoleto, Italy

Principal positions in Orchestra:

  • Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
  • Green Bay Symphony, Green Bay Wisconsin
  • Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Illinois
Highlights Minna Groundswell
In 2007, Minna-Rose made her Carnegie Hall debut as a founding member of the Pangea String Quartet in conjunction with the Kronos Quartet Young Artists Concert Series.

2011, 2014 Featured Cellist, International Cello Festival Canada. Performances for 20th Century works, Canadian Composers and Improvisational concerts.

Groundswell 2014 debut with "Amazule Voices" for Solo Cello and Live Electronics by Swedish composer, Orjan Sandred.

Upcoming Performances:
Tour with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Columbia Artist Management LLC.under the direction of Philippe Entremont November 3-23, 2015


Ching Masterclasses

  • Northwestern University Bienen School of Music, Evanston IL
  • Meadowmount School of Music, Westport NY
  • Prairie Institute of Cello, Regina Saskatchewan
  • Music Institute of Chicago, Wilmette Illinois
  • Worchestire Music Conservatory, Worchestire UK
  • University of Northern Florida, Jacksonville FL
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks Alaska
  • Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, Idyllwild California
  • Manitoba ViolonCello Society, Winnipeg
  • Federal University of Rio, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
  • Tatui Conservatory, Tatui Brazil

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Awards and Recognition In December 2014, Dr. Chung has been approved and awarded tenure status as Professor of Cello at the Desautels Faculty of Music. In the spring of 2014, Dr. Chung received the RH Award from the University of Manitoba for her contribution in the Outstanding Creative Works category for her cello pedagogue research, collaborations, and international performances.

2013, Award of Distinction, Lecture Recital at the World Piano Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia.
Ongoing Research & Creative Activity

vhung researchDr. Chung is currently co- authoring a modern cello pedagogue book, "The Cello Mind, A Guide to Great Intonation and Cello Technique".

This publication provides a systematic and original approach for left-hand cello technique and uncovering the mysteries of string intonation. This publication is spear headed by Hans J. Jensen, Distinguished Cello Professor at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.

Minna-Rose continues to tour internationally as both guest artist and teacher with numerous festival orchestras and collaborative ensembles including the Desautels Trio and a core member of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra since 2014.

International festivals include: Santo Domingo International Music Festival, Rio de Janeiro International Cello Encounter and the RICE Cello-Dance series in Brazil.

President: Winnipeg Violoncello Society
Founder and Director: Project RIO
Guest Artist:

  • Rio International Cello Encounter, annually. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • International Cello Festival Canada: 2011, 2014, Winnipeg Canada
  • World Piano Congress: 2013, 2015, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • FIEMEP Piricicaba: 2013, 2014 Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Santo Domingo Music Festival, Dominican Republic

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Recordings Dr. Chung has been in the studios recording music for upcoming film releases, music score by Vincent Ho and Matthew Patton.
In the Faculty Associate Professor of Cello

Instructor: Pizzicelli Cello/Bass Ensemble

Director: University of Manitoba Project RIO

Coordinator: University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra

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David Harrington, violinist of the acclaimed Kronos String Quartet,
gives a master class to the Pizzicelli Cello Ensemble at Centennial Hall,
Winnipeg Manitoba 2011




B.Mus. (Oberlin), M.Mus. (Northwestern), D.M.A. (Stony Brook)

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Personal websites:

Minna Rose Chung
University of Manitoba Project Rio
University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra


Room T212
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road

Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Phone: 204.474.8307
Email (yahoo)
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Listen to the Artist:

Minna-Rose performs on a 1770 AUGUSTINIUS CHAPPUY French cello and a 1999 Isaac Salchow bow and can be heard in exclusive broadcasts for NPR National Public Radio, CBC Radio 2, WFMT Radio Fine Arts Chicago, WPNE Green Bay, and KUAC Fairbanks, Alaska.



Bachianas Braziliaras, New World Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas, Conductor and Renee Fleming, soprano. Supporting musician.

In the News:

minnaMinna-Rose and Dr. Judy Kehler-Siebert will present a concert in Nacka, Sweden at the Dieselverstaden Library on June 18.


Project Rio is an initiative to bring notice to our Winnipeg music community through our proposal to fund a performance exchange with Brazilian conservatories.  All the contacts with Brazil universities have been made through David Chew, Director and Founder of RICE.  Eventually Project Rio hopes to garner Canadian government and university support to maintain an annual program to bring our talent to Brazil and hold clinics in our areas of expertise.