ANGELA & JENNIFER
New Music Advocates
Violinists Angela and Jennifer Chun are
a trailblazing duo of string musicians, collaborative artists, advocates of new music, and humanitarians. Their recordings have topped music charts around the world, and are one of the most unique and exciting ensembles in classical music.
The award winning duo garnered critical acclaim through performances at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Extremely Hungary Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Bachfest in London, Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Budapest Music Festival.
They have worked with world-renowned conductors Zubin Mehta, Sir Andre Previn, Thomas Sanderling, Ivan Fischer, Leonard Slatkin, and Peter Oundjian; and have performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, London Bach Orchestra, KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) Symphony Orchestra, Seoul Philharmonic, Toronto Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts.
Beyond focusing on classical works, as advocates of new music, Angela & Jennifer often collaborate with contemporary composers, artists, and modern dancers to create multi-genre complete art forms via contemporary platforms for new generations of diverse audiences.
They have performed and premiered works by Gyorgy Kurtag, Gyorgy Ligeti, Sebastian Currier, Kaija Saariaho, Philip Glass, and Isang Yun. The duo's performances of Isang Yun's compositions are widely considered the best renditions of his work. In 2010, composer and Grawemeyer prize winner George Tsontakis wrote a double violin concerto "Unforgettable" for the Chun sisters, which was based on the song written by Irving Gordon and made popular by Nat King Cole. The concerto premiered at the Aspen Music Festival and School's 60th anniversary concert.
In 2007, Angela and Jennifer became String Mentors at the Royal Academy of Music in London, a rare and prestigious position granted only to musicians of the highest caliber.
Angela and Jennifer have, for much of their career, worked to inspire peace through music, driven by a belief that the arts can create profound, positive, and lasting change in people and societies.
Through their Ensemble Contempo-Sorina / Humanity Through Music project, The Chuns have taken their message to world leaders at forums such as the Aspen Institute, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Yalta European Strategy Annual Meeting, to discuss ways in which music can unite peoples, reduce conflicts, and promote general welfare.
The duo has also collaborated with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a world-class youth orchestra founded by Daniel Barenboim that aims to promote cross-cultural understanding, and pave the way for a peaceful and fair solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Angela and Jennifer have released several critically acclaimed albums with record label Harmonia Mundi. Their first album "Fantasy", released in 2008, secured the duo's reputation for range and innovation. Their second album "44 Violin Duos", a collaboration with famed Hungarian composer Béla Bartók, catapulted the ensemble to stardom.
In 2016, the Chuns performed in the opening concert of the Metropolitan Opera's new production "Two Boys" by young American composer Nico Muhly. Soon thereafter, the trio collaborated with composer Philip Glass to produce "In the Summer House", which topped Billboard & iTunes charts.
"...two world-premier recordings of works for violin duo by composer Isang Yun (1917-1995). The composer couldn't ask for stronger advocates. The Chuns push each other to the edge of improvisation, as they seek - and find - the ecstatic heart of music."
"The intense, telepathic communication between the virtuosic Chun sisters makes for a powerful listening experience..."