Palo Alto Philharmonic

serving the Bay Area with quality classical music since 1988

Thomas Shoebotham Music Director
Thomas Shoebotham
Lee Actor Composer-in-Residence
Lee Actor

8 pm* Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cubberley Theatre

4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

(* pre-concert talk at 7:30pm)

Sergei Prokofiev

Jennifer Higdon

Antonín Dvořák


Love for Three Oranges Suite, op. 33a

blue cathedral

Concerto for Violoncello, op. 104

Michael Chung, cello soloist

General Admission $22
Senior Admission (age 62 and over) $18
Student Admission $10

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Michael Chung

Michael Chung is an 18-year-old cellist from Cupertino, currently pursuing higher education in music and other thrilling subject matters at Stanford University. Michael's musical journey has been an inspiring one, starting humbly from a not particularly musical home-schooling family of 5 children, using eBay or borrowed instruments and getting free group lessons from local college music education students in San Diego. After moving to the Bay Area, he was able to earn privilege to get a private teacher, Jonathan Koh, under whose tutelage Michael has blossomed as a musician.

Michael's musical story cannot be told without mentioning the El Camino Youth Symphony, with whom he played for 5 years under Dr. Camilla Kolchinsky. He also had the privilege of performing as a soloist with ECYS on 4 separate occasions. ECYS is Michael's 'second home' where he learned to truly appreciate and love orchestral music, as well as grow in musicality and develop an overwhelming desire to spread this music to a wider audience. In 2013, after receiving first place awards in the Mondavi Young Artists Competition and the MTNA Senior Strings National competition, Michael was awarded a special cello prize by the Doublestop Foundation along with a title of 'Ambassador' to be able to do just this type of 'spreading the music.' Michael would especially like to thank Music Director Thomas Shoebotham for the honor of playing with the PAPhil, and he would like to dedicate his performance to the many inspirational music-making people here in the Bay Area, home to some of the finest young musicians in the world today.

Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows sponsors - William Forster cello (ca 1798)
Mrs Taeja Kim Lee & Dr S Howard Lee sponsors - Garner Wilson bow
Doublestop Foundation -