Conductor bows out at Seoul Philharmonic

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Conductor bows out at Seoul Philharmonic

It looks like the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra will not be following the baton of maestro Chung Myung-whun much longer as the maestro said Friday that he wants to “only focus on music,” without any responsibilities like taking on the duties of artistic director.

Chung has been embroiled in controversy over accusations that he inappropriately used the orchestra’s budget for things such as air tickets for his family.

It has been unclear for a while whether the orchestra would give him a new contract at the end of the year or whether he would bow out.

The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra sent out a press release Friday after a local newspaper report said, “Chung will not continue his contract with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra.”

It continued, “He will continue holding the baton for all scheduled performances that stretch to next year to keep the commitment to the public.”

BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [sharon@joongang.co.kr]

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