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Boston Symphony OrchestraYu-An Chang conducts Mendelssohn, Ravel and Schubert featuring pianist Conrad Tao

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Yu-An Chang conducts Mendelssohn, Ravel and Schubert featuring pianist Conrad Tao


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BSO Assistant Conductor Yu-An Chang makes his BSO debut on Friday, August 23, leading Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Schubert’s Symphony No. 2, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, featuring Conrad Tao. 

Pianist Ingrid Fliter had been scheduled to perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in G with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on Friday, August 23 at the Koussevitzky Music Shed. Replacing Ms. Fliter in the Ravel concerto will be Conrad Tao who will make his Boston Symphony Orchestra and Tanglewood debuts. There are no other changes to the program.

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Yu-An Chang, assistant conductor
Yu-An Chang, assistant conductor View biography in full page >

Born in Penghu, Taiwan, conductor Yu-An Chang was awarded first prize at the 2016 International conducting competition Jeunesses Musicales in Bucharest, Romania. In 2016 he became music director and chief conductor of the Asia Nova Symphony Orchestra; in 2009 he founded the Youth Sinfonietta of Taipei, which he led until 2013. 

Along with his master class conducting studies at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Yu-An works regularly with orchestras in Germany (Frankfurt Staatsorchester, Brandenburg Sinfoniker, Konzerthausorchester Berlin), Hungary, Romania (George Enescu Philharmonic), and Taiwan (National Chinese Orchestra). In 2015 he led the German premiere of Tobias Broström’s percussion concerto, Arena, with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and was one of the finalists in the Besançon international conducting competition. In 2011 he won a Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation conducting scholarship. 

Yu-An also devotes himself intensively to contemporary music and Chinese traditional music repertoire. He has premiered and recorded numerous pieces by young composers, and was selected as the outstanding conductor at the 2011 Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival (where he worked with Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier).  In summer 2018 he will be a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.  Yu-An and his wife Kai-Chuan now live in Berlin.


Yu-An Chang, assistant conductor Conrad Tao, piano
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Conrad Tao, who makes his BSO and Tanglewood debuts this evening, has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer. He is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and was named a Gilmore Young Artist—an honor awarded every two years, highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. Mr. Tao's 2018-19 season began with the New York Philharmonic’s world premiere of his Everything Must Go, commissioned by that ensemble, and the inaugural concert of their curated late-night series, Nightcap. He also made his debuts with the LA Opera (in the West Coast premiere of David Lang's the loser), Los Angeles Philharmonic (performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1), and Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom Music Center. In Europe he was presented by the Swedish Radio Symphony in recital and in Andrew Norman's Suspend under Susanna Mälkki; he also returned to the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, performing with Antonio Pappano. In the 2019-20 season, Mr. Tao will be presented in recital by Carnegie Hall, performing works by David Lang, Bach, Julia Wolfe, Jason Eckhardt, Carter, Rachmaninoff, and Schumann. He will also make his debut in recital at Walt Disney Hall, where he also joins the LA Philharmonic in works by Aaron Copland and Frederic Rzewski. With the Cleveland Orchestra he will perform works by Mary Lou Williams and Ligeti, as well as improvisations with pianist Aaron Diehl. Concerto highlights in the upcoming season include performances of his own work for piano and orchestra, The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore, Charlotte, Phoenix, and Pacific symphonies. In addition to concert halls, he will tour to college campuses across the country. Mr. Tao's acclaimed evening-length collaboration with choreographer Caleb Teicher, More Forever, will be presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, and will make its West Coast premiere at Segerstrom Hall in Orange County. His ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with improviser and vocalist Charmaine Lee continues with an opening-night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival. In the spring, Mr. Tao will tour with the JCT Trio—his ensemble with violinist Stefan Jackiw and cellist Jay Campbell. He will also celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday at the 92nd Street Y with Anthony de Mare, premiering a new two-piano take on "Move On" from Sunday in the Park with George. A Warner Classics recording artist, Mr. Tao has released two acclaimed discs to date, and his third, “Compassion,” featuring works by Rzewski, Copland, and Julia Wolfe, will be released this fall. Mr. Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York, and composition with Christopher Theofanidis.

Conrad Tao, piano
Program Notes Audio
MENDELSSOHN - Overture to A Midsummer Nights Dream (12 min)
RAVEL - Piano Concerto in G (21 min)
SCHUBERT - Symphony No. 2 (34 min)
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Prelude Concert Program Notes - PDF
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