�� HAN-NA CHANG
Han-Na Chang has established an extraordinary international career, performing regularly on the most prestigious concert stages of Europe, North America and Asia. She first won recognition for her exceptional musical gifts in October 1994 at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris, taking at the age of 11 the First Prize as well as the Contemporary Music Prize, unanimously chosen for both awards by Maestro Rostropovich and 10 other jury members. Since that time, her superb artistry and virtuosity coupled with the astonishing depth of her interpretations have placed Han-Na Chang at the forefront of the world's new generation of artists.
Miss Chang has collaborated closely with Lorin Maazel and Giuseppe Sinopoli, as well as with Antonio Pappano, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Christoph Eschenbach, Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Mstislav Rostropovich, Zubin Mehta, and Myung-Whun Chung.
In recent seasons, Miss Chang has also successfully collaborated with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony, the London Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, the La Scala Philharmonic of Milan, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Orchestre National de France, the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence, the Israel Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
An avid recitalist, Miss Chang maintains a balance between her appearances with orchestras and her chamber music activities. During the spring of 2003, she completed a tour with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Maazel that featured concerts in Munich, Japan and at Carnegie Hall which was framed by extensive recitals in major European cities, among them Milan, Florence, Bologna, Paris, Lisbon, Bilbao, Athens and London (Wigmore Hall), and in Japan. The next tour of recitals in musical capitals of the US, Europe and Asia will bring Miss Chang back to her fans in cities as far and wide spread as Munich, Cologne, Hanover, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Lucerne, Valencia, Los Angeles, and Tokyo throughout the next two seasons.
Miss Chang's upcoming schedule also includes collaborations with the New York Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Munich Philharmonic, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., the Orchestre de Paris, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome and the Sydney Symphony.
An exclusive recording artist for EMI Classics, Miss Chang made her first recording in November 1995 with Mstislav Rostropovich and the London Symphony Orchestra, featuring Tchaikovsky's ��Rococo�� Variations, Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No. 1, Faure's ��Elegie�� and Bruch's ��Kol Nidrei.�� The sensational success of her debut album, which brought Miss Chang the Young Artist of the Year Award of the 1997 ECHO Klassik-Deutsche Schallplattenpreis, was followed by her recording of the two Haydn Cello Concertos with Giuseppe Sinopoli directing the Staatskapelle Dresden. ��The Swan,�� her third album, is an anthology of short works for cello and orchestra recorded with Leonard Slatkin and the Philharmonia Orchestra. Her most recent recording featuring Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante and the Cello Sonata with Antonio Pappano directing the LSO has been awarded the 2003 ECHO Klassik Concerto Recording of the Year while being voted the Best Concerto Recording of the Year by the Gramophone Magazine. All four releases have become best sellers worldwide.
Han-Na Chang has studied privately with both Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich. She is continuing her academic studies at Harvard University.