Lauded for her “heartfelt delicacy” (Raleigh News & Observer) and for performances that “pack an emotional wallop” (CVNC.org), violinist Carol Chung enjoys an active, freelance career as a concertmaster, recitalist, chamber musician, coach and teacher. Since 2008, she has served as the concertmaster of North Carolina Opera. She has also served as a guest concertmaster for the Choral Society of Durham (Haydn Creation, Verdi Requiem), and for the North Carolina Master Chorale (Beethoven Missa Solemnis.) She has performed regularly with the North Carolina Symphony since 2000. In addition, she is a founding member of the piano quartet Quercus as well as the Triangle Chamber Music Collective. Season highlights have included performances on the chamber music series at the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Weymouth Center of the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines and The Cedars in Chapel Hill.
Ms. Chung began studies on both the violin and piano at the age of five, and at eighteen, chose violin for her major instrument. She holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with violin department head David Updegraff and Bernhard Goldschmidt, then principal second violinist of the Cleveland Orchestra. Most recently, she has coached with Laura Hamilton, Associate Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; the noted pianist Gilbert Kalish and the violinist Stephen Majeske. She has also performed and coached with members of the Tokyo, Vermeer, Cavani and Juilliard Quartets. After a playing injury nearly ended her career in 1999, she became a student of the Alexander Technique, earning her Alexander Technique teaching certification in 2012. Formerly a member of the faculties of Meredith College and Duke University, and a member of the Canton (Ohio) and Virginia Symphonies, she resides in Raleigh with her math teacher husband, Jason Wilson.