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. 33bis

blue cathedral

Cello Concerto in B minor, op. 104

Michael Chung, cello soloist

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Michael Chung

Michael Chung is a freshman at Stanford University, currently studying the cello with Christopher Costanza of the St. Lawrence String Quartet. Michael has won First Prize in competitions such as the Mondavi Young Artists Competition and the MTNA Senior Strings National Division. In 2013, Michael was named an Ambassador for the Doublestop Foundation, NY, along with a special three-year loan of a cello and bow; in 2014, he was a designated winner of the National YoungArts Foundation, and in the summer, he participated in the Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival. Michael is excited to be making his first professional orchestral debut here with the Palo Alto Philharmonic, and thanks Maestro Thomas Shoebotham for his generous invitation to perform Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in B minor.

In high school, Michael served as principal cellist of the El Camino Youth Symphony for three years, with whom he soloed on four occasions, and he now holds the position of co-principal in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Michael previously studied under Jonathan Koh, and has taken part in master classes with Zuill Bailey, Bonnie Hampton, Jorja Fleezanis, Steven Isserlis, and David Finckel, among others. At Stanford, Michael is pursuing music in many contexts, ranging from solo and chamber works to the orchestral repertoire, as well as exploring less common settings such as conductorless orchestras and multimedia works. Michael is immensely grateful for the support he has received over the years, and his vision is to share the music that he loves with everyone he comes in contact with. Michael’s favorite hobbies are studying scores, reading reviews of musical works, and listening to every recording he can get his hands on--in short, he is rarely apart from music.

Michael plays on a 1675 Fabrizio Senta cello, generously loaned by Mr. Christophe Landon, and a Garner Wilson bow, courtesy of the Doublestop Foundation.