Sixteen year old, Derek Chung is a sophomore at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, IL. and studies with Sueanne Metz. Derek’s accomplishments include first place at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition, Luminarts Cultural Foundation for Classical Music, US New Star Piano, DePauw University Young Artist, the American Fine Arts International Concerto, and the Los Angeles Young Musician International Competitions where he was awarded overall Best Romantic Performance. He won second place at the Aloha International Piano Competition, Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition, Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, and the Crain-Maling Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He was also a prize-winner of Sejong Music Competition, Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competition, and two time bronze medal winner at Seattle International Piano Festival Competition where he received the teachers’ favorite award and the President’s Youth Prize for Best Chopin performance.
Derek has performed in Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall NY, and in the Shining Stars Concert at the Music Festival of Perugia (Italy) with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Alicante. He has performed on NPR’s “From the Top” as a member of the Piano Trio Royale. In the upcoming 2016-2017 season Derek will perform Franz Liszt’s Concerto No. 1 with the South Carolina Philharmonic.
Derek has been a part of One Score One Chicago and From the Top’s Arts Leadership Outreach programs, conducting workshops in the Chicago public schools area, and to the Boys and Girls Club in Naples, FL in an effort to introduce children to classical music.
What do you love about playing the piano?
Communication. Some people are so eloquent telling a story or using words to describe a variety of emotions. I struggle with this at times. However, playing piano offers a way for me to communicate feelings or paint pictures to an audience I would not be able to do using words.