Professor, Desautels Faculty of Music
Room 231 Taché Hall
150 Dafoe Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Dr. Minna Rose Chung enjoys an international career in all performance milieus, has taught master classes across four continents, and is a frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide. She is the co-author of the CelloMind:Intonation and Technique (2018, Ovation Press, Ltd.), a popular cello method book, with Hans Jorgen Jensen (Distinguished Cello Professor, Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University). After moving to Canada, Chung was quickly reviewed as "a bright light, her intelligent musicality and rich resonance a wonderful addition to any ensemble" (Winnipeg Free Press).
In the faculty
Chung performs with the Desautels Piano Trio and the Nacka Duo, which tour extensively in recital and lecture performances at world music conferences, primarily focusing on the art of chamber music. In 2007, Chung made her Carnegie Hall debut with her Pangea String Quartet, featuring signature works commissioned by the Kronos Quartet. Currently, 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, Chung has been 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.
Chung was the 2014 recipient for the University of Manitoba's Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in Creative Works.
CelloMind: Intonation and Technique provides a systematic and original approach for left-hand cello technique and uncovering the mysteries of string intonation. It has been reviewed by Strad Magazine (February 2018) and Strings Magazine (April 2018). In April 2018, Chung was also the featured teacher in Strad Magazine's feature-length article "Teaching & Playing - Tartini Tones."
Chung is the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra's coordinator. She is also the director of the student-led cello ensemble "The C-String Collective," which is dedicated to premiering works by up-and-coming composers. Her commitment to performing new music has garnered great interest from composers worldwide.