Virtuoso cellist to perform in Seoul

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Virtuoso cellist to perform in Seoul

Han-na Chang, a former child prodigy and now an international virtuoso cellist, will perform jointly with the Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin next week in four concerts in Daejeon, Daegu and Seoul. This will be the debut world tour for the orchestra.
Displaying great artistry and depth beyond her years, Ms. Chang first created a sensation in 1994, when at the tender age of 11 she won the First Prize and the Contemporary Music Prize at the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition. Since then she has won acclaim in her recitals with leading orchestras, such as the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the New York Philharmonic and La Scala Orchestra of Milan.
Led by Romanian conductor Ion Marino, the Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin was spun from the prestigious Berliner Philharmoniker. The group is composed of 13 members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and four guest members from other chamber orchestras. It comes together three times a year (January, June and August) to perform in concert tours around the world.
The repertoire for the tour in Korea includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 and Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Stravinsky’s Concerto for Strings in D, Tchaikovsky’s “Andante Cantabile” for cello, Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 and Paganini’s “Variations on a Theme by Rossini” for cello.
Ms. Chang started playing the piano at age three but by age six she switched to cello, studying privately with Mstislav Rostropovich and Mischa Maisky. Unlike other classical instrumentalists who study music at universities, Ms. Chang chose to study philosophy at Harvard University. She has an exclusive contract with EMI, with whom she has produced four best-selling albums, and has been nominated for a Grammy Award twice.

by Choi Jie-ho

Han-na Chang and the Philharmonic Sinfonietta Berlin will perform at the Daejeon Culture and Arts Center on Tuesday, Daegu Citizens’ Hall on Wednesday, Seoul Arts Center on Thursday and Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul on Saturday. All performances are at 7:30 p.m., except for Thursday’s performance, which will be at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from 50,000 won to 200,000 won. For more information, call (02) 751-9607 or visit
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