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 (Chief Conductor & Artistic Leader from 2017/18)

 

South Korean native Han-Na Chang is the new Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader Designate of the Trondheim Symfoniorkester commencing in the 2017/18 season. She will continue to hold her post as Principal Guest Conductor, which began in the 2013/14 season, up until that point.

Chang made an acclaimed conducting debut at the BBC Proms in September 2014 and with the Oslo Philharmonic in January of this year. Elsewhere, she has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Göteborgs Symfoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Seattle Symphony orchestras, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra amongst others. Upcoming guest engagements include the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö and St Louis Symphony orchestras, Noord Nederlands Orkest, the Minnesota Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Having made her first professional appearance as a conductor in 2007, she founded the Absolute Classic Festival in Korea, which nurtured and fostered young orchestral talent every summer from 2009 to 2014. She also produced a documentary series introducing the symphonies of Beethoven to a wider audience for MBC TV.

Principal Guest Conductor: Trondheim Symfoniorkester (Chief Conductor & Artistic Leader from 2017/18)

 

South Korean native Han-Na Chang is the new Chief Conductor and Artistic Leader Designate of the Trondheim Symfoniorkester commencing in the 2017/18 season. She will continue to hold her post as Principal Guest Conductor, which began in the 2013/14 season, up until that point.

Chang made an acclaimed conducting debut at the BBC Proms in September 2014 and with the Oslo Philharmonic in January of this year. Elsewhere, she has conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Göteborgs Symfoniker, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Seattle Symphony orchestras, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra amongst others. Upcoming guest engagements include the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Malmö and St Louis Symphony orchestras, Noord Nederlands Orkest, the Minnesota Orchestra and Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli. Having made her first professional appearance as a conductor in 2007, she founded the Absolute Classic Festival in Korea, which nurtured and fostered young orchestral talent every summer from 2009 to 2014. She also produced a documentary series introducing the symphonies of Beethoven to a wider audience for MBC TV.

Her professional music career started at the age of 11, when she won the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in 1994. Chang went on to perform with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Philharmoniker, Philadelphia Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Paris, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Cleveland Orchestra. A best-selling exclusive recording artist for EMI Classics, she won numerous awards and accolades worldwide.

Han-Na Chang studied Philosophy at Harvard University and currently serves as the Roving Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross.

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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

“The quite sensational interpretation of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony proved that she's not any ordinary conductor... Here Chang once more brought across the story through brave transitions and brisk tempi...Brava, maestra!” (Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter, April 2016)

“With the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, she found the spiritual depth of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. At 33-years-old, Han-Na Chang is simply one of this generation's most exciting conductors. She shaped Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in a way that gave new insight into one of the most regularly performed orchestral works. She dared to make unexpected choices related to the form of the work, but everything still fitted in very clearly with the meticulously shaped whole.” (Lars O. Flydal, Vårt Land, January 2016)

“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)

“The quite sensational interpretation of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony proved that she's not any ordinary conductor... Here Chang once more brought across the story through brave transitions and brisk tempi...Brava, maestra!” (Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter, April 2016)

“With the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, she found the spiritual depth of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. At 33-years-old, Han-Na Chang is simply one of this generation's most exciting conductors. She shaped Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in a way that gave new insight into one of the most regularly performed orchestral works. She dared to make unexpected choices related to the form of the work, but everything still fitted in very clearly with the meticulously shaped whole.” (Lars O. Flydal, Vårt Land, January 2016)

“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)