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Dr. Chinary Ung

Presidential Fellow
College of Performing Arts; Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Expertise: Composer


Dr. Chinary Ung is a Presidential Fellow: Senior Composer in Residence at Chapman University.

He was the first American to win the highly coveted international Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition (1989), perhaps the most prestigious prize. Ung has received dozens of awards including The Kennedy Center (Friedheim award), two American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts. Most recently, he is being honored by the Asian Cultural Council during its 50th anniversary for The 2013 John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award.

Dr. Ung has received many commissions , including those from the Phi la delphia Orchestra, Meet the Composer, three Koussevitsky Music Foundations at the Library of Congress, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The La Jolla Summerfest/Santa Fe Summer Music Festivals, The Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. His music is published exclusively by C. F. Peters Corporation and is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI).

His music is recorded on New World Records, Cambria, London Records (Argo) , Other Minds, Oodiscs, Nami Records, Kojima Records, Albany Records, Norton Recordings, Composer Recording Incorporated (CRI), Koch International, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Naxos, Mark Custom, ALM Records, Altoll Records, Klein Records, and three volumes on Bridge Records ; volume 1 was cited by The New York Times to be in the top 10 classical music recorded in 2009; volume 2 was recorded by Da Capo Chamber Players, cited to be the top 5 CD’s by National Public Radio.