Han-na Chang

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Chang.

Han-Na Chang (Korean: 장한나 [tɕaŋhanna]) (born December 23, 1982) is a South Korean conductor and cellist. In September, 2013, she will become Music Director of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra[1] and Principal Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra.[2]

Born in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, Chang began studying piano at age 3, and began her study in cello three years later at the age of 6. In 1993, her family moved to United States, where she was enrolled in the pre-college division of the Juilliard School.[3] In 1993, she attended Mischa Maisky's masterclasses in Siena, Italy, and continued to study with him privately. In 1994, she competed in the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition, and was awarded with both the First Prize as well as the Contemporary Music Prize.[4]

Winning the Rostropovich International Cello Competition opened the doors for Chang to study privately with Mstislav Rostropovich.[5] In 1995 she made her debut recording (Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme and Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1) with Rostropovich himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.[6]

Chang has performed as cello soloist with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Berliner Philharmoniker, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the New York Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome, the La Scala Orchestra of Milan and the San Francisco Symphony.[7]

Chang has said that she has been focusing on conducting since 2007.[8] In 2009, she founded the ‘Absolute Classic Festival’ in Korea, where she serves as the artistic director. Each year, its orchestra is newly auditioned, discovering outstanding talents from its pool of over a hundred instrumentalists in their twenties and thirties.[7]

Han-Na Chang made her UK conducting debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in January 2012[9] and conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in February 2012.[10] In 2013-14, she is scheduled to make her conducting debuts with the Dresden Staatskapelle and WDR Sinfonieorchester.[2]

Chang has been active in her native country South Korea in introducing classical music to children and adults alike.[7]


Han-Na Chang received awards including:

  • Both the First Prize and Contemporary Music Prize at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition (1994)
  • Young Artist of the Year prize at the ECHO Classical Music Awards in Germany (1997)
  • Best Concerto Album of the Year from Caecilia Award (Belgium) (2003)
  • Best Concerto Album of the Year from Cannes Classical Award (France) (2003)
  • Best Concerto Album of the Year from ECHO Classical Award (Germany) (2003)
  • Best Concerto Album of the Year from Gramophone magazine (UK) (2003)
  • Named Classical Super-star of Tomorrow by the Gramophone Magazine (UK) (2006)



  1. ^ The National (December 11, 2012). "Qatar Philharmonic's new unifying force". The National. 
  2. ^ a b "Han-Na Chang named Trondheim Symphony principal guest conductor". Gramophone. April 26, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Yoshihara (2007) p. 74
  4. ^ Pasles (April 22, 2005)
  5. ^ The Peninsula (December 11, 2012). "Music is about emotion, heart and soul". The Peninsula. 
  6. ^ Nordlinger (September 2001)
  7. ^ a b c Gulf Times (December 11, 2012). "Leading cellist joins Qatar Philharmonic". Gulf Times. 
  8. ^ English Ahram (December 12, 2012). "Qatar Philharmonic announces new music director". English Ahram online. 
  9. ^ "Han-na Chang Makes Her Uk Conducting Debut With Philharmonia Orchestra". Harrisonparrott.com. 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  10. ^ REVIEW: Tchaikovsky's Romantic Violin, RLPO, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - Joe Riley - Liverpool Echo


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