Chloe Chung is a cross-cultural flutist, playing Western flute and dizi (Chinese bamboo flute), teaching music, and collaborating with others to foster unexpected musical forms and connections throughout Sydney. She is the current Academic Lecturer of Flute at the Australian Institute of Music and teaches dizi at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Whether it is playing flute, dizi, or through collaborating with others working in different creative mediums, Chloe is passionate about stimulating cross-cultural, inter-disciplinary artistic connections within the local and global community. In May 2018, the BBM Youth Support Award facilitated a one-month trip to the UK, where she attended the CHIME Chinese Music as Cross culture conference and was able to investigate pedagogical ideas in teaching sustainable music practices via Alexander technique for musicians. In June 2018, she attended the flagship training program of Yoyo-Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble at the Global Musician’s Workshop (GMW), exploring culture’s power to generate more trust, understanding and empathy through music-making, rehearsals and performances, with 67 other cross-cultural musicians over the course of a week at Depauw University, Indiana, home of the 21st Century Musician Initiative.
Within Sydney, she has acted as the music manager for Confucius Institute concerts in Sydney and Canberra with celebrated soloists Wu Man (pipa), Tan Wei (guzheng), and Bai Yang (erhu) in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Chloe was a regular presenter in Fine Music FM’s Young Virtuosi series in 2015-2016, and live hosting the Fine Music Young Virtuosi Award in 2016. This year she worked as coordinator for the “Ultrasounds”, the musician-doctors and music-therapists performing for March Arts month at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Chloe's most recent musical collaborations in Sydney centre around her work as a creative duo with Pavle Cajic (Sidere duo) and with oboist Ennes Mehmedbasic.
Chloe graduated from her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with First Class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying under the tutelage of James Kortum. In 2015, she was awarded second place in the Australian Classical Youth Competition as well as the Young Virtuosi competition held by Fine Music 102.5. In 2014, her wind quintet took part in the Conservatorium’s inaugural Estivo Chamber Music School in Verona, and performed at venues throughout Verona as well as Venice. Her past flute teachers include Aldo Baerton, Alison Mitchell, Alexa Still, and Jocelyn Fazzone.
Receiving the Australian Postgraduate Award in 2016 facilitated Chloe's ongoing Masters research, exploring the performance practice of the traditional Chinese flute, dizi, in Australia, Singapore and Shanghai. Her teachers include acclaimed dizi performers Dr. Chai Changning , Qiu Dongming and Zhan Yongming. Chloe's dizi performances have featured in the Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2016/2017, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Asian Music Ensemble concerts, and the Musicology Symposium: Presence through Sound: Place and Contemporary music in and from East Asia 2016. Chloe has been tutoring and performing with the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Chinese Music Ensemble since August 2016, and continues to enjoy tutoring the ensemble.
Chloe undertook the Bodyminded course in 2015 beginning her fascination with anatomy and Alexander technique. Since then, she began the teacher-training course on a part-time basis at the Sydney Alexander technique School in 2016 where she currently continues her training. The Alexander technique is a methodology which aids people in replacing unnecessary physical or mental tension in movement activities with consciously coordinated responses. It is especially useful to performing artists in teaching them to cooperate with their physical design to better serve their artistic goals (Madden 2013). From February to June 2018 she completed the online course “Current Science and the Alexander Technique” directed by Dr. Tim Cacciatore and Dr. Patrick Johnson. Chloe is assistant teacher of the regular Tuesday evening “Musician’s class” at the Sydney Alexander technique school.