Han-Na Chang
Conductor

“…confident, astute, inspired. Ms Chang is the epitome of the incredible lightness of being: agile, nimble and bang on the beat.” (The Liverpool Echo)

Contacts

Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162
Tom Philpott +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Biography

Principal Guest Conductor: Trondheim Symfoniorkester
Artistic Director: Absolute Classic Festival

 

Han-Na Chang has emerged as one of the brightest conducting talents of the younger generation. After a successful international career as a cellist, she is now dedicating all of her time to the podium and holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor of Trondheim Symfoniorkester.                               

Guest engagements in upcoming seasons include the Royal Stockholm and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, Malmö and Charlotte Symphony orchestras, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Recent debuts include Gothenburg, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Singapore, Tokyo, and National Taiwan Symphony orchestras, Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bamberger Symphoniker. After two appearances in previous summers as a cellist at the BBC Proms, she made her conducting debut there in September 2014 with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

Principal Guest Conductor: Trondheim Symfoniorkester
Artistic Director: Absolute Classic Festival

 

Han-Na Chang has emerged as one of the brightest conducting talents of the younger generation. After a successful international career as a cellist, she is now dedicating all of her time to the podium and holds the post of Principal Guest Conductor of Trondheim Symfoniorkester.                               

Guest engagements in upcoming seasons include the Royal Stockholm and Oslo Philharmonic orchestras, Malmö and Charlotte Symphony orchestras, Noord Nederlands Orkest, and Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Recent debuts include Gothenburg, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Singapore, Tokyo, and National Taiwan Symphony orchestras, Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and Bamberger Symphoniker. After two appearances in previous summers as a cellist at the BBC Proms, she made her conducting debut there in September 2014 with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.

A passionate advocate for the importance of classical music in the modern community, Chang founded the annual Absolute Classic Festival in South Korea in 2009 and she continues to serve as its Artistic Director. Every August the newly auditioned orchestra presents diverse programmes aimed at revitalising the orchestral experience for musicians and audiences alike. With Korean MBC TV, she produced a seven-part documentary/performance series featuring an introduction to Beethoven’s Symphonies for the general public.

Han-Na Chang first gained international recognition for her precocious musical talents at the age of 11 when she won both First Prize and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris, 1994. She has collaborated with most of the world’s major orchestras, including Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras, Chicago and Boston symphony orchestras, Orchestre National de France and London Symphony Orchestra. Her recordings, exclusively for EMI Classics, have received many awards, including the ECHO Klassik and the Gramophone Concerto of the Year and remain worldwide bestsellers.

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Jasper Parrott +44 (0)20 7229 9166
Iarlaith Carter +44 (0)20 3725 9162
Tom Philpott +44 (0)20 3725 9139

Reviews

“Under guest conductor Han-Na Chang's leadership on Friday morning, the orchestra's performance was as fresh and exciting as one could wish for… it was intriguing to witness her gifts again… a rising star conductor…Chang has a clear and dynamic style on the podium. Leading 'Pictures at an Exhibition' without a score, she vividly conveyed the mood and character of each painting, yet never lost the arc of the entire work... 'The Great Gate of Kiev' was a stunning summation. Here, Chang did not push ahead, but held back the tempo, taking full advantage of the splendor of the brass in Music Hall's magnificent space. Best of all, her leadership allowed orchestral soloists to shine.” (Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 2015)

“Chang, a diminutive, dynamic firebrand... the ferocious drive was still present in the hair-raising first movement allegro and the elated finale. But there was also a beautiful, honeyed introspection in the andante, and real finesse and detail in the waltz. It was a hugely enjoyable Prom.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, September 2014)

“Under guest conductor Han-Na Chang's leadership on Friday morning, the orchestra's performance was as fresh and exciting as one could wish for… it was intriguing to witness her gifts again… a rising star conductor…Chang has a clear and dynamic style on the podium. Leading 'Pictures at an Exhibition' without a score, she vividly conveyed the mood and character of each painting, yet never lost the arc of the entire work... 'The Great Gate of Kiev' was a stunning summation. Here, Chang did not push ahead, but held back the tempo, taking full advantage of the splendor of the brass in Music Hall's magnificent space. Best of all, her leadership allowed orchestral soloists to shine.” (Janelle Gelfand, Cincinnati Enquirer, February 2015)

“Chang, a diminutive, dynamic firebrand... the ferocious drive was still present in the hair-raising first movement allegro and the elated finale. But there was also a beautiful, honeyed introspection in the andante, and real finesse and detail in the waltz. It was a hugely enjoyable Prom.” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian, September 2014)

“[Chang's] conducting this afternoon was quite outstanding. Her style is often understated: small, precise beats and cues, much of it led from the wrist rather than the shoulder, with glowing beams of encouragement to her players. Her gestures grew more expansive in the Tchaikovsky, where tempo choices, shaping of phrases and application of rubato showed imagination. After a darkly lugubrious opening on clarinets, the Allegro con anima found Chang whipping up a maelstrom in the brass and timpani. The Andante cantabile was characterized by a gorgeously played horn solo. Brass often tended towards the excitable and raucous – there was no lack of passion in this exhilarating interpretation.” (Bachtrack, September 2014)

“Remorseless Fate dominates this roaring symphony [Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4] in which conductor Han-Na Chang released the music in torrents: it was an interpretation of extreme dynamics. Chang enjoyed to the full the pithiness of the work as well as its Romanticism, drawing brilliance from the woodwinds and brass and compact energy from the strings. At the end there was enormous applause for this demonstration of orchestral class.” (Kultur, December 2012)

“With rhythmic and dynamic finesse, Han-Na Chang drew immaculate contributions from the brass and woodwind and delivered a meaningful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony. Absolutely top class!” (Kleine Zeitung, December 2012)

“Here was not a run-of-the-mill performance by a journeyman conductor passing through, but a wholly compelling one from a true musician...one was not so much struck by the angst and suffering from this wartime symphony, but by the power and beauty of the music...A welcome return by Chang the conductor, as well as cellist, could not come soon enough” (The Straits Times, September 2012)

“But the already anticipated treat of the concert was also fully up to expectations: that still rare phenomenon, a woman conductor, in the person of South Korea's Han-Na Chang...Rostrum manner does count, and can here be summed up not only as confident and astute, but also as inspired. Ms Chang is the epitome of the incredible lightness of being: agile, nimble and bang on the beat.” (The Liverpool Echo, February 2012)

“A performance oozing soul and individuality.” (BBC Music Magazine)

“She plays with such conviction that you feel she too could have been the inspiration for great composers. Chang combines raw emotion with a structural grip that, in its way, is even more remarkable in one so young.” (Gramophone)

“Chang brings clear-sighted belief to everything she touches. Her range is generous indeed, from barely-audible ghostly voices to high-octane drama…” (BBC Music Magazine, May 2006)

“[Han-Na] has an enviable power to move her audiences…she’s a natural performer whose musicianship is intense, profound and astonishingly mature.” (The Strad)

“[She] plays with great technical assurance and produces a beautiful tone” (The New York Times)

“An extraordinary sense of fearless adventure” (The Times)

“Truly stunning performances of passion and urgency” (Classics Today)