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 Chang at the forefront of the world's new generation of artists.
She is an exclusive recording artist for EMI Classics and a two-time Grammy nominee, and 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 Élégie, and Bruch's Kol Nidrei. The sensational success of her debut album, which brought 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-Saëns, Fauré, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Rachmaninoff.
Chang's recording of Prokofiev's Sinfonia Concertante - with Antonio Pappano directing the LSO - and the Cello Sonata 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 Gramophone magazine. Chang's new recording of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 and the Cello Sonata - also with Pappano directing the LSO - has been released to great critical acclaim.
A keen recitalist, Chang can be heard regularly in the most prestigious recital series around the world. Upcoming recitals will bring her back to her fans in cities as far and widespread as Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Hamburg, Florence, Milan, Brussels, Lisbon, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Montreal, and Tokyo, throughout the next two seasons.
Chang has collaborated closely with such conductors as Giuseppe Sinopoli, Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, and Christoph Eschenbach. Chang continues to collaborate successfully with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the 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.
Chang has studied privately with both Mischa Maisky and Mstislav Rostropovich. She is continuing her academic studies in philosophy at Harvard University.