Peter Chun

Associate Professor, Viola
Primary office:
342 Murphy Hall

M.M. New England Conservatory of Music; B.M. New England Conservatory of Music

Chung-Hoon Peter Chunis the Associate Professor of viola at the University of Kansas, a position he has held since 1999, when he was appointed at the age of 28.  He is a versatile musician who has given numerous recitals and chamber music performances across the U. S., as well as performing internationally in Korea and Japan.  His recent performances with the renowned Borromeo String Quartet in Busan, Korea were critically acclaimed and broadcast on Korean Broadcasting System.  In summer of 2009, he performed and gave a masterclass at the International Viola Congress, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.  His performances have also been featured at such universities as Penn State University, where he presented an acclaimed performance at the ViolaFest, University of Connecticut, Southern Illinois University, University of Ulsan in Korea, and the Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri, Kansas City.  He has appeared as soloist with Lexington Sinfonietta, the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, and University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra.

Peter Chun is the new Artistic Director of the Kansas City String Quartet Program, and performs on the faculty quartet.  His other chamber music activities include a tour of Japan as the violist of the New England Chamber Ensemble.  His performances as a member of the Tonos String Quartet resulted in a highly acclaimed Seoul début, as well as being featured in Fleetbank Celebrity Series through its out-reach program, City Music, appearing with the acclaimed musician Rob Kapilow.  Other musicians he has collaborated with include artists such as Laurence Lesser, James Buswell, Paula Robison, Diemut Poppen, Frank Almond, Daniel Veis, and the Borromeo String Quartet.  In 2005, he joined the acclaimed Koreana Chamber Music Society in Seoul.  His performances have been broadcast numerous times on the KBS (Korean Broadcasting System) radio and television, WGBH radio in Boston, Maine Public Radio and Television, and Kansas Public Radio. 

Chun has performed and taught at many music festivals and camps, having appeared at Busan International Music Festival (Korea), Killington Music Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Festival and Yellow Barn Music Festival, as well as the International Musical Arts Institute, in Maine, where he is a resident artist.  In addition, he has taught at the Midwestern Music Camp at KU, and is currently a faculty member of the nationally-recognized Sound Encounters festival in Ottawa, Kansas, and the Kansas City String Quartet Program.

As the violist of Quartet Accorda, a group that was based in Kansas City, Peter Chun performed extensively in Kansas and Missouri—gained a wide notoriety in reviews and reputation, with performances that were consistently acclaimed for its recitals and collaborations with world-renowned musicians, and were frequently broadcast in the region.  Quartet Accorda has been the quartet in residence at IMAI, between 1997-2010, and at Park University in Parkville, Missouri between 2005-2010.

Chun’s orchestral activities have included performances at the Tanglewood Music Center (where he was one of the featured members in a documentary on TMC which aired nationally on PBS), the Spoleto Festival in Italy, and the Seoul Festival Orchestra—working extensively with musicians such as Peter Serkin, Seiji Ozawa, Simon Rattle, Myung-Whun Chung, and members of the Juilliard Quartet, among many others.  In addition, he frequently performs with the Kansas City Symphony and Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.

Making his conducting début in 2005, Chun led critically acclaimed performances of Donizetti’s opera L’Elisir d’Amore at LG Arts Center in Seoul that were broadcast internationally on the KBS satellite program, followed by a performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat at University of Kansas.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Peter Chun emigrated at age 12 with his family to the U.S.  He was trained at the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Walter Trampler, Marcus Thompson, and Eric Rosenblith.

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