Korean maestro awarded French order
Chung has been named “Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters,” the highest honor awarded to an artist by the French government, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication said.
Among other honorees is Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin.
The awards ceremony is set to be held at the French ministry on Wednesday.
Chung, the music director and chief conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, expressed his gratitude to the French government through the SPO, saying he was honored to receive the award.
“France is like my second home, and it’s already been 30 years since I first arrived in the country,” he said. “I started opera in Paris in my youth and am now in charge of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. I found something strangely in common with French musicians and received a lot of love from the audiences.”
“I hope France and South Korea will grow even closer as a family,” he added.
The conductor, who doubles as music director of the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, will work as the principal guest conductor for the Staatskapelle Dresden, one of Germany’s top ensembles, from next year.
He is the second Korean to receive the French cultural order this year.
In April, Yoon Jeong-hee, the star of the award-winning Korean film “Poetry,” received the order for her contributions to film.
She was named “Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters,” the second-highest cultural honor awarded by the French government, joining her husband, pianist Paik Kun-woo, as an honoree of the French order. The classical pianist received his honor in 2001.
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정명훈씨, 프랑스 최고 문화훈장
오늘 파리서 ‘코망되르’ 받아
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프랑스 정부는 정씨와 더불어 러시아의 피아니스트 예프게니 키신 등 세 명에게도 공로훈장을 수여할 예정이다. 서훈식은 29일 프랑스 문화·커뮤니케이션부 청사에서 프레데릭 미테랑 장관의 주최로 열린다. 정씨는 현재 서울시립교향악단의 예술감독도 겸임하고 있다. 내년에는 독일 관현악단 드레스덴 슈타츠카펠레의 수석 객원지휘자 역할도 맡을 예정이다. 지난 4월에는 영화 ‘시(詩)’의 주연 배우 윤정희(67)씨가 프랑스 정부의 예술·문학공로훈장을 받았다.
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