Maestro Myung-Whun Chung was awarded the Italy National Contribution Medal (Official Title : Commendatore Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana).
The award ceremony took place today at the Residence of the Italian Embassy at the UN Village in Seoul. Mr. Marco della Seta, the Italian ambassador awarded the medal on behalf of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella. Also present was Cho Hyun, 2nd Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of Korea, who gave a warm speech in recognition of Chung’s contribution at home.
The medal was established in 1951 with the purpose of praising individuals who contribute to friendly and cooperative relationship between Italy and foreign countries through activities in various areas. Maestro Chung is recognized as the person who has contributed to development of culture and art in Italy and international exchanges in the world.
The medal is comparable to Légion d’Honneur, the authoritative medal awarded by French Government. Maestro Chung was already awarded ‘Officier’, ‘Chevalier’ and ‘Commandeur’ of Légion d’Honneur and gained honor of winning all the classes of French culture and art award in result.
For last decades, he has conducted many leading orchestras in Italy such as La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Teatro La Fenice Orchestra and so on. He has enhanced the reputation of Italy through music.
He was awarded Arturo Toscanini prize in 1989, ‘Premio della critica musicale Franco Abbiati’, the prize of Italian Music Critic Association two times in 1988 and 2015, ‘Una vita nella musica Award’ from Teatro La Fenice, ‘The Key of Venice’ with being honorary citizen of Venice in the past. He came into the spotlight when he conducted the La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the special concert for G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily on May 26th 2017.