Korean Cellist Named Superstar of Tomorrow

    July 10, 2006 19:23

    The Korean cellist Hannah Chang (23) has been picked as one of "Tomorrow's Classical Superstars" by the U.K. music magazine Gramophone.

    The magazine, which boasts 83 years of covering classical music, devoted the cover of its August issue to the 20 most promising up-and-comers in the field. They were selected with the assistance of such legends as the conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and the pianist Alfred Brendel along with other virtuosi and music critics. Hannah Chang won the commendation of her one-time teacher, the world-famous cellist Mischa Maisky. The monthly also put Chang's recent interpretation of Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 on the recommended listening list.

    A look at the other names on the list brings home the weight of expectations on the cellist. Chang is named alongside the German violinist Julia Fischer, who was also named Best Newcomer in the BBC Music Magazine Award 2006. Then there is Latvian mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca (29), whose take on Mozart's operas has earned her praise at Salzburg and other leading festivals. Alison Balsom (27) of the U.K., American pianist Nicholas Angelich (35) and British soprano Carolyn Sampson (32) were also on the list.

    Chang, who is in Rome working on a recording, said that she was very happy about being named on the list, but added getting a compliment from her teacher Maisky was what gave her the most encouragement. Once the recording session is finished, Chang’s schedule includes orchestral concerts in London and Los Angeles and a return to Korea around November and a recital here.

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