MUSIC & PERFORMANCE
Theodor Kung is Deputy Principal Violin II of the English National Ballet Philharmonic, Principal Violin II of United Strings of Europe, and Violin I of the Cardinal String Quartet. He's performed as a soloist with Ensemble Eroica, the Silk Street Ensemble and the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, and a guest player with numerous British orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Welsh National Opera, Royal Northern Sinfonia, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician he's led ensembles in Switzerland, France, the Czech Republic, Spain and Austria, and toured with orchestras across Europe. Back in the UK, a typical season schedule encompasses a score of cities from Birmingham to Bristol, Cardiff to Cambridge, Manchester to Milton Keynes, Liverpool to London, Edinburgh to East Grinstead, and more.
Theodor's led a variety of chamber ensembles in concerts from Spain to the Czech Republic via Switzerland and Austria. Since 2017 he's performed as Leader of the Cardinal String Quartet, which he formed together with colleagues from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Following their return to London they decided to bash through some quartet repertoire, and haven't stopped since. The only things that gets in their way are their busy schedules playing with major orchestras, and the fact that they each live at opposite corners of the city—hence the name. The Cardinals perform regularly around the UK, with recent highlights including concerts at St James Piccadilly and the University of Cambridge. The quartet is also available for hire, so if you're looking for great music for your wedding or event, give them a shout. The group looks forward to more concerts, tours, and general musical shenanigans in 2020.
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ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
In 2018 Theodor was appointed a member of the English National Ballet Philharmonic, where he plays as Sub-Principal Violin II (Deputy Principal) as well as occasionally joining the First Violin section.
This award-winning company garners regular praise for its refinement, artistry, and virtuosity, standing alongside the very best of the UK arts scene. Whether performing in London at the Coliseum and Sadler's Wells Theatres or one of their many touring venues across the country in Bristol, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Manchester, or Southampton, ENB continues to bring masterpieces both old and new to audiences and stands for artistic excellence and creativity wherever they go.
Featuring amongst ENB's productions for the 2020 season are the world premiere of Creature (Sadlers Wells, Apr. & Nov. 2020 / Liverpool, Nov. 2020), product of the imagination of choreographer Akram Khan returning to the company after his hugely successful Giselle in 2016; Tchaikovsky's classic Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall (June 2020) and Glazunov's Raymonda on tour (Manchester, Southampton, Milton Keynes between Oct.-Dec. 2020), followed by the perennial Nutcracker at the Coliseum Theatre in London (Dec. 2020-Jan. 2021). New productions will be announced for the 2021 season.
When not performing with his fellow Cardinals or cracking nuts at the Coliseum Theatre with the ballet, Theodor can be found touring the Middle East with United Strings of Europe, bus-hopping across Italy with the Royal Philharmonic, candle-lit in St Martin-in-the-Fields or hidden in the darkness of any number of orchestra pits across the UK. In addition to regular appearances as Section Leader United Strings of Europe, since 2014 Theodor has performed as a Section Principal / Sub-principal with (among others) the Welsh National Opera, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Verbier Festival Orchestra, the Façade Ensemble, Faust Chamber Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Artesian Quartet, and the Choir of Clare College Cambridge.
The classical music scene in the United Kingdom is perhaps the most diverse in Europe. The UK is home to world-renowned institutions such as the Royal Opera House and the London Symphony Orchestra, four major ballet companies (including the English National Ballet), innumerable festivals from Aldeburgh to Glyndebourne, concert venues ranging from London's venerable St Martin-in-the-Fields to the brand new Sage Gateshead in Newcastle or the Wales Millenium Centre in Cardiff, via the Royal Albert Hall—home to the BBC Proms, the largest classical musical event in the world. Despite ongoing threats to public funding and other financial pressures, it's an exciting time to be a classical musician in the UK.
Theodor has taught privately for nearly ten years and currently has a small class of students in London. He has also led outreach programmes and educational workshops across Europe and the Middle East with both the Ansermet Ensemble and the United Strings of Europe, and regularly coaches chamber groups and youth orchestras. Since 2013 Theodor has enjoyed a close relationship with the Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra, where he regularly appears as Principal Guest Leader and Strings Coach.
Students (and parents of students) of all ages are welcome to get in touch for private lessons and/or chamber music coaching.