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Locky Chung

Locky Chung

Locky Chung is a Korean-born, award-winning baritone who performs worldwide and teaches at Hanyang University in Seoul.



The Korean-born baritone, Locky Chung, came from Seoul to Germany in 1990, where he trained at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe with Roland Hermann and in the singing class of Mitsuko Shirai/Hartmut Holl at the college of music Karlsruhe. In 1992 he was winner at the ARD-Wettbewerb (broadcasting corporation competition) in Munich. He also won first prize at the Robert Schumann competition in 1993 in Zwickau and at the Hugo Wolf competition in 1994 in Stuttgart.


Following these successes, Locky Chung was invited to appear in operas and to give concerts throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, China, Japan and Korea and in other countries. He performed in such renowned venues as Gewandhaus Leipzig and the Berliner Philharmonie with a wide repertoire from ranging Baroque to Modern. He has appeared with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir under the direction of Ton Koopman, the Orchestra del Maggio Fiorentino in Florence under Peter Schreier, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Tolzer Knabenchor under Bruno Weil in Toronto, at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspielen under Wolfgang Gonnenwein, with Balthasar-Neumann Ensemble & Chor at the Schwetzinger Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival under Thomas Hengelbrock, the Stuttgarter Philharmoniker under Jorg-Peter Weigle and the Europa Chor Akademie under Joshard Daus, as well as with others. While working under Wolfgang Gonnenwein, he sang Requiem by Johannes Brahms during a tour to Ukraine, Matthaus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach in Beuron, Wertheim and Wolfegg, the Markus-Passion (BWV 247) by J.S. Bach under Ton Koopman at the Festival de Montpellier, as well as concert with Chor der Bamberger Symphoniker in Germany and Poland, as well as Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) by J.S. Bach in Italy.

Locky Chung's repertoire covers the great oratorios of J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, Rossini, Bruch and Benjamin Britten as well as concert repertoire from Mozart, L.V. Beethoven, Gustav Mahler, Arnold Schoenberg and Anton Webern. In 1993 he made his opera debut as Eugen Onegin in the opera of the same name by Tchaikovsky at the National Opera in Seoul. In 2004, he celebrated his success as Papageno in Mozart's Zauberflote. He gave Lieder recitals at the Hugo-Wolf-Fest in Stuttgart, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, at the Louvre in Paris, at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Music Festival in Edinburgh and the Asahi Hall in Tokyo, with partners as Julius Drake, Hartmut Holl and Irwin Gage, the actor Udo Samel and the writer Peter Hartling.

Since 1997 Locky Chung has taught at the Staatlichen Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe and in 2005 he was granted a professorship at Hanyang University in Seoul.