Tung-Chieh Chuang
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"After the first bars the extraordinary talent presented here was evident.“

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
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Biography

Tung-Chieh Chuang is the celebrated winner of the Malko Competition 2015 in Copenhagen. The 32-year-old conductor from Taiwan stood out amongst a panel of 317 contestants with much natural talent and few nerves. Connected with the prize are numerous engagements with leading international orchestras including Munich Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and moreover as a special prize, an invitation to the Vienna Philharmonic.

Before he won the Malko Competition Mr Chuang took the 2nd prize, as well as the Audience Award, of the International Solti Competition in Frankfurt, (1st prize was not awarded). In addition he is prize winner of the Gustav-Mahler-Competition in Bamberg and the Jeunesse Musicales Conducting Competition in Bucharest.

Over the last months Tung-Chieh Chuang has been guest conductor with Bamberg Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig and Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He worked with the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic and conducted Jena Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra Taiwan, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonica George Enescu Bucharest. In the 2015/16 season he is invited to conduct concerts with Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Oviedo Filarmonia and Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and returns to Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and MDR Symphony Orchestra Leipzig.


 

In 2010 Mr Chuang was recipient of an Edwin B. Garrigues Fellowship at Curtis Institute of Music. He co-organized the Curtis Japan Benefit Concert in Philadelphia one year later, where all proceeds were donated to Red Cross Japan for the 311 earthquake relief. In 2012, he organized the first-ever orchestra-flashmob performance in Taiwan, in which he led the National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra.

Tung-Chieh Chuang displayed musical talent at a young age. Born into a family of musicians he learned to play piano and horn and had his first concerto appearance at the age of 11. He studied at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at the Musikhochschule Weimar. His mentors include Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier and Otto-Werner Mueller and Nicolás Pasquet.

Before 2007, when he changed course to pursue a musical career, Mr Chuang received a bachelor degree in applied statistics at the Purdue University (USA). Currently he resides in Berlin.

SEASON 2015/2016

Quotes

“[Tung-Chieh Chuang] zeigte bei seinem Auftritt vor der Deutschen Kammerphilharmonie Bremen souveräne Führungsqualitäten [...] ein überwältigendes Klangerlebnis [...] grandios!”

Weser-Kurier, Gerd Klingeberg, 01.02.16

“Hier war [...] ein Feuerkopf mit Übersicht am Werk, für den nur voller Einsatz zählt.”

Thüringer Allgemeine, Hans-Jürgen Thiers, 25.05.15

“After the first bars […] [Overture of The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner] the extraordinary talent presented here was evident. [...] With Strauss Don Juan, Mr. Chuang makes smooth transitions between topics with absolute leadership, and the highly differentiated tone colors show the paw of a future Maestro.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Wolfgang Heinringer, 23.02.15

“Tung-Chieh Chuang’s performance of Mendelssohn Scottish, with sparkling spirit, extreme dynamics, dramatic sequences, and lucidly rich colors, is difficult to be surpassed.”

Weser-Kurier, 02.02.15

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