Korean -American cellist Minna Rose Chung is Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba- Desautels Faculty of Music and the Director and Founder of Project Rio, the sole Canadian educational sponsor for the Rio International Cello Encounter in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2014 Dr. Chung was awarded the University of Manitoba’s Rh Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research in the Creative Works. As co-author, Minna Rose is publishing an upcoming cello method book, “The Cello Mind” with Northwestern University Distinguished Professor of Cello, Hans J. Jensen.
Minna Rose tours internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Upon her arrival to Canada, Minna Rose was quickly reviewed as “a bright light on the Winnipeg music scene, her intelligent musicality and rich resonance a wonderful addition to any ensemble, devoted and playing with admirable gusto! ” (Winnipeg Free Press). An avid chamber musician, Minna Rose made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2007 as a founding member with her New York ensemble, the Pangea String Quartet. In 2015, Minna Rose will embark on her second European tour as a member of the Nacka Duo and the Desautels Piano Trio with a special lecture recital presentation at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia.
Minna Rose is a returning guest artist, teacher, and chamber musician to several international music festivals, including the historic Meadowmount School of Music in New York, the Santo Domingo Music Festival, Rio International Cello Encounter, and the Piracicaba Music Festival in Brazil. A dedicated and gifted teacher, Minna Rose is often sought out for master classes throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Minna Rose earned her Bachelor of Music in Cello performance at Oberlin Conservatory; her Masters degree at Northwestern University with Hans J. Jensen; and the Doctor of Musical Arts at SUNY Stony Brook University with world-renowned soloist, Colin Carr.