The James C. Byrd and Family Chair
Lauded for her “heartfelt delicacy” (Raleigh News & Observer) and for performances that “pack an emotional wallop” (CVNC.org), violinist Carol Chung first joined the North Carolina Symphony in the fall of 2000 as Acting Section First Violin. She has served in either an acting section capacity or as a substitute violinist ever since. Before coming to Raleigh, she was a member of the Canton (Ohio) and Virginia Symphony Orchestras. In addition, she is Concertmaster of North Carolina Opera and founding first violinist of the Lyricosa Quartet.
An avid chamber musician and certified Alexander Technique teacher, Chung joined the artist faculty at the Renova Music Festival in both capacities in 2022. She is also a chamber music coach for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. She was a founding member of the piano quartet Quercus from 2009-2017, performing concerts across central North Carolina. She has also performed string quartets and quintets with fellow NCS musicians on the Manning Chamber Music Series at Peace College. Previous summers were spent at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival/Yale Summer School of Music, the Sarasota Music Festival and the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, working and performing with members of the Tokyo and Vermeer Quartets, Ani Kavafian, William Preucil, Joseph Silverstein, and members of The Cleveland Orchestra.
Chung received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with David Updegraff and Bernhard Goldschmidt. She received her Alexander Technique teacher training from Robin Gilmore and the guest faculty of Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies in Greensboro, earning her teaching certification in 2012.