Korean-American cellist Minna Rose Chung, Associate Professor of Cello joined the Desautels Faculty of Music in 2008. Dr. Chung continues to enjoy an international career in all performance milieus, has taught master classes across four continents, and is a frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide. After moving to Canada, Dr. Chung was quickly reviewed as "a bright light, her intelligent musicality and rich resonance a wonderful addition to any ensemble" (Winnipeg Free Press). In addition to academia, Dr. Chung regularly tours with her established Desautels Piano Trio and performs with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, "Canada's tiny, perfect chamber orchestra" (Toronto Star).
Dr. Chung has recently published “CelloMind: Intonation and Technique”, a prominent cello method book co-authored with Hans Jorgen Jensen, Distinguished Cello Professor at Northwestern University Bienen School of Music.
B.Music (Oberlin College Conservatory)
M.Music (Northwestern University, Bienen School of Music)
D.M.A (State University of New York, Stony Brook)
Dr. Chung was the 2014 recipient for the University of Manitoba’s Rh Award for Outstanding contributions to Scholarship and Research in Creative Works.
Dr. Chung is the cellist of the Desautels Piano Trio and the Nacka Duo, which continues to tour extensively in recital and lecture performances at world music conferences, primarily focusing on the art of chamber music. In 2007, Minna made her Carnegie Hall debut with her Pangea String Quartet featuring signature works commissioned by the Kronos Quartet. Currently, Dr. Chung tours as a member of the Munich Symphony Orchestra, performs regularly with the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and enjoys performing in various music collaborations across the country. International tours include Canada, UK, Sweden, Germany, Serbia, Poland, Brazil, Asia and the USA.
Since 2008, Dr. Chung is the director of Project Rio, a multi-collaborative program that supports the Rio International Cello Encounter (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) through masterclasses and faculty performances in Brazil. To date, she has returned to perform across Brazil in over thirty recitals and concerto performances. Upcoming international recital tour includes performances in Vancouver, South Africa, Hong Kong, and the Republic of Korea.
ONGOING RESEARCH / CREATIVE WORKS
• “CelloMind: Intonation and Technique” is a publication that provides a systematic and original approach for left-hand cello technique and uncovering the mysteries of string intonation. https://www.cellomind.com/
• Strad Magazine, April 2018 issue: Dr. Chung is the featured teacher in the “Teaching & Playing- Tartini Tones” three-page article.
• Strad Magazine, Feb 2018 review for “CelloMind”.
• Strings Magazine, April 2018, review for “CelloMind”.
• Director, "The C-String Collective", a student-led cello ensemble dedicated to premiering works by up-and-coming composers. Her commitment to performing new music has garnered great interest from composers world-wide.
Image from www.cellomind.com
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IN THE FACULTY
Associate Professor of Cello
String Techniques Instructor
Chamber Music Coach
The C-String Collective Director
U of M Project RIO Director
U of M Symphony Orchestra Coordinator
Chair, Recruitment Committee
Desautels Performance Series Committee
Room 231 Taché Hall
Desautels Faculty of Music
University of Manitoba
136 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg, MB. R3T 2N2