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Yun-Sung Chang studied piano and composition at Seoul Arts High School and Seoul National University. After leaving Seoul, he studied at the Hochschule of Music in Vienna with Leopold Hager, Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in Russia with Ilya Musin, Summer school of the Mozarteum in Salzburg with Michael Gielen and Summer school of Siena, Italy with Valery Gergiev. His debut as an international conductor came after receiving an award at the 1st Prokofiev International Competition for conducting in 1993 in St. Petersburg and the Tokyo International Competition in 1997 for conducting in Japan. Since then, he has been invited to conduct in Korea, Russia, Japan, and Europe. He conducted the first performance of Europe of Penderecki's Symphony No.5 "Korea", which was composed in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of the independence of Korea from Japan. He premiered the symphony in Hungary with Budapest Concert Orchestra MAV, in Czech Republic(Ostrava) and Austria(St. Poelten) with Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra, in Prague with Prague Symphony Orchestra, and in Brno with Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. He led the greatly successful Korean tour of the Kirov Opera Orchestra and Camerata St. Petersburg, Japan tour with KBS Symphony Orchestra to Tokyo and Osaka in 2007, German tour with Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra to 4 German Cities in 2012(Nuremberg, Velbert, Witten, Coesfeld), and Austrian tour with Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra. He worked as principal guest conductor of Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra and Prime Philharmonic Orchestra as chief conductor of Seoul Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, Ulsan City Symphony Orchestra, Changwon City Symphony Orchestra, and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. He currently teaches at the Seoul National University, College of Music in Seoul, Korea.


Since its establishment in 1985, Korean Symphony Orchestra has been working to elevate the standing of Korean symphonic music for the past 30 years both domestically and abroad through more than 90 annual performances. Since concluding an exclusive contract with the National Theater of Korea in 1987, the orchestra has held regular joint productions with the Korea National Opera, the Korean National Ballet, and the National Chorus of Korea as part of its repertoire. And from 2001, following its designation as the resident orchestra of Seoul Arts Center, it has established itself at SAC as Korea’s leading national theater orchestra. Like the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, it is the only domestic house orchestra to possess the know-how and performance experience to stage professional opera house performances such as ballet and opera music. Having held more than 40 annual ballet and opera performances over the years, it continues to solidify and expand its repertoire every year while maintaining an unrivaled domestic reputation in music for ballet and opera. As the leading performance ensemble in the field of orchestral music, it continues to play regular concerts and special program concerts on the main stages of Seoul Arts Center’s opera house and concert hall. Formally recognized as a non-profit foundation by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) in 2001, KSO has since been incorporated as a professional artistic organization and is now affiliated with the MCST, thus making it eligible to receive government budget support for its operations. In this way, it has become a model for governance in the field of arts and culture. Currently numbering 100 orchestra and staff members, including a composer-in-residence Paul Yeon Lee, KSO continues to work together for the advancement of Korea’s artistic and performance culture.


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