Miss Chung: According to my mother, I was singing songs when I was four years old and that was when she let me start to have piano lessons.
Interviewer: You were in Kindergarten in Korea at that time?
Miss Chung: Yes. I began in Korea and in 1975, when I was a teenager, I went to New York to go to Juilliard School.
Interviewer: Whom did you study with at Juilliard School?
Miss Chung: I studied with Miss Jane Carlson for three years in pre-college division and when I continued at regular division, I studied with Mr. William Masselos for the following six years.
Interviewer: Did you attend Juilliard School for nine years?
Miss Chung: Yes. It may seem long but I enjoyed going to school in New York City very much. New York is my playground.
Interviewer: You must like playing piano very much.
Miss Chung: (smile) Yes. I think so. Ever since my mother introduced the piano to me, I have been playing it. Piano is my best friend.
Interviewer: Do you have a family member who influenced you musically?
Miss Chung: No. That was why my father's friends were congratulating my father at my concert in Korea for having a daughter like me. (laugh) My father is a psychiatrist and two brothers are also medical doctors. My mother does not play any instrument either but they all support me one hundred percent. I like piano but my family comes first.
Interviewer: Who are your favorite composers?
Miss Chung: Beethoven. I can enjoy his music at any time of a day. I also like Romantic composers such as Chopin, Liszt and Schumann, but I enjoy them more when I am in a certain mood.
Interviewer: Did you have any memorable concert with these composers' work?
Miss Chung: Once after my concert, someone came to me and asked how I was able to make him feel so intense that he felt he was near death feeling severe pain in his twisted stomach. I enjoy playing piano enormously and that I hope that the listeners of my music feel the same.
Interviewer: How much do you practice before a concert?
Miss Chung: I actually like practicing a lot because I can accomplish musical ideas exactly the way I want from it. These days, with limited time I have, I practice a few hours a day and several hours on weekend. When I was in school, at one point, I practiced ten hours a day, therefore, skin of my fingers were split. I had to wear bandages on three or four fingers to prevent the pain.
Interviewer: Miss Chung, you lock yourself in your practice room practicing so many hours a day. Do you have any outdoor activities you like to do? For example, dancing or playing baseball.
Miss Chung: (laugh) Oh! No. I am not a physically active person at all. I neither dance nor play any sport. But I like driving. Sometimes, after I practice many hours, I go for a drive to the ocean or flower garden where I can enjoy the nature and my music together.
Interviewer: Do you have any favorite book?
Miss Chung: Beside the Bible (I am Christian), I can choose one book out of more than twenty books I read on Beethoven; that is "Beethoven", by Maynard Solomon. It was interestingly written. I also like the books written by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung and French philosopher Philip Montigny.
Interviewer: Do you have any comment as a musician?
Miss Chung: Throughout one's life, one may encounter many different kinds of unexpected events (happy or tragic). Music can provide a peaceful mind with which one can calmly perceive the way of life.
Interviewer: Thank you very much for your time, Miss Chung.
Miss Chung: Thank you.