Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and make it your career?
My parents were given a piano as a wedding present so it was a natural step for me to try the piano. Fortunately, (or, some might say, unfortunately) I took to it and liked it immediately.
Who or what were the most important influences on your playing?
I owe a great deal to my teachers: Maria Curcio and Mark Swartzentruber for their guidance in my formative years in London, Benjamin Frith for his passion, Joaquin Achucarro for his discipline, Ferenc Rados for opening my mind.
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
Finding a happy balance.
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in?
Wigmore Hall is pretty special.
Favourite pieces to perform? Listen to?
I could happily play Brahms and Beethoven all day long.
Who are your favourite musicians?
Richter, Gilels, Haskil, Horowitz, Argerich and Schiff, to name but a few. I have also heard staggeringly beautiful recordings of Lili Kraus and Annie Fischer recently.
What is your most memorable concert experience?
Performing in the cloister of Sant’Andrea Apostolo in Amalfi. It was utterly magical.
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
Honesty and truth.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Not to have any worries. Alternatively, a good, leisurely breakfast.
Pianist Yoon Chung is a versatile musician and has performed throughout Europe, America and the Far East. His London appearances include the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square and St. James’ Piccadilly. He has been broadcast in France, Japan, Korea and America. Born in Seoul, Korea, Yoon spent his formative years in London under the tutelage of Maria Curcio and Mark Swartzentruber and was an ABRSM postgraduate scholar at the Royal Northern College of Music. Further studies were undertaken in America and Hungary under Joaquìn Achùcarro and Ferenc Rados. Yoon is a founder member of Trio Andante and currently resides in London.
Yoon Chung’s full biography