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Han-Na
Chang

Conductor

Han-Na Chang was born in South Korea. Her family moved to New York when she was ten years old and she has lived there ever since. The conductor and cellist counts Mischa Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich and Giuseppe Sinopoli as the most influential mentors during her formative years. In addition to studies at Juilliard, Chang read philosophy at Harvard University.

Her professional music career started at the age of eleven, when she won the Grand Prix First Prize and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris in 1994. She went on to perform with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2017, Han-Na Chang is the chief conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway, after having served as principal guest conductor from 2013. Among their highlights are a Mahler cycle and the orchestra’s debut tour to South Korea.

As a guest conductor, Ms Chang has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cincinnati, Singapore and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, amongst others.

In the 2020/21 season, Han-Na Chang appears with the Concertgebouworkest for the first time.

Han-Na Chang was born in South Korea. Her family moved to New York when she was ten years old and she has lived there ever since. The conductor and cellist counts Mischa Maisky, Mstislav Rostropovich and Giuseppe Sinopoli as the most influential mentors during her formative years. In addition to studies at Juilliard, Chang read philosophy at Harvard University.

Her professional music career started at the age of eleven, when she won the Grand Prix First Prize and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris in 1994. She went on to perform with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the London Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2017, Han-Na Chang is the chief conductor of the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra in Norway, after having served as principal guest conductor from 2013. Among their highlights are a Mahler cycle and the orchestra’s debut tour to South Korea.

As a guest conductor, Ms Chang has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cincinnati, Singapore and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, amongst others.

In the 2020/21 season, Han-Na Chang appears with the Concertgebouworkest for the first time.