updated 11/24/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 11/24/1980 AT 01:00 AM EST
Myung-Whun Chung, 27, associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is the second youngest of the seven gifted siblings of music's "Chung Dynasty." His sister, violinist Kyung-Wha, shared top honors with Pinchas Zuckerman at the 1967 Leventritt Competition in New York. Another sister, cellist Myung-Wha, won the 1971 Geneva International Competition. As for Myung-Whun, he has been awarded three prestigious prizes, including the silver medal at the 1974 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Born in Seoul, South Korea to two music lovers, Myung Whun was given piano lessons as a toddler. His brothers and sisters diversified their talents, variously picking up the flute, clarinet, cello and guitar, but Myung-Whun remained at the keyboard and at 7 debuted with the Seoul Philharmonic. When his father opened a restaurant at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, Myung-Whun came to the U.S. At 15 he was enrolled in the Mannes School of Music in New York and at 22, after touring with two of his sisters, entered Juilliard as a conducting major. Myung-Whun lives in L.A. with his wife, Sun Yol, 32, an interior designer who is expecting their first child next month. Since arriving in L.A. in 1978, he has lived up to his advance notices—and his name. Myung means "bright, shining like a star."