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Han-Na Chang


Cellist 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 1994 when at the age of 11, she won both the First Prize and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris.  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.
An exclusive recording artist for EMI Classics and a two time Grammy nominee, Miss Chang's recordings remain best sellers worldwide and have garnered numerous distinctions.  Her first recording was made in  1995 with Mstislav Rostropovich and the London Symphony Orchestra, featuring Tchaikovsky's "Rococo" Variations, Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1, Fauré'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 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 beloved shorter works for cello and orchestra by composers such as Saint-Saens, Faure, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Rachmaninov.
Miss Chang's recording of the Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante and the Cello Sonata with Antonio Pappano directing the LSO has been awarded the Best Concerto Recording of the Year Award in 2003 by the ECHO Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Cannes Classical Award, the Caecilia Prize and the Gramophone Magazine. 

Miss Chang's much-anticipated new recording of the Shostakovich's Concerto No. 1 and the Cello Sonata with Pappano directing the LSO has been released in 2006 to great critical acclaim.
A keen recitalist, Miss Chang can be heard regularly in the most prestigious recital series around the world. The upcoming recitals will bring Miss back to her fans in cities as far and widespread as Los Angeles, Washington DC, Hamburg, Florence, Milan, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Montreal and Tokyo,  throughout the next two seasons.
Miss Chang has collaborated closely with such conductors as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, and Christoph Eschenbach.  Miss Chang continues to collaborate successfully with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the London Symphony, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the La Scala Philharmonic of Milan, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, the Chicago Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Han-Na Chang has studied privately with both Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich. She is continuing her academic studies in philosophy at Harvard University.

Last updated: February 28, 2007
Han-Na Chang, cello