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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 has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times. Tao is a recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and was named a Gilmore Young Artistan honor awarded every two years highlighting the most promising American pianists of the new generation. Tao opened last season with the New York Philharmonic’s world premiere of his piece Everything Must Go, and went on to make recent debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Boston Symphony. In the 2019-20 season, followinghis recital debut at Carnegie Hall, Tao will make his debut in recital at Walt Disney Hall, where the LA Phil will present him in works by Copland and Frederic Rzewski. Following his debut at Blossom, the Cleveland Orchestra will present Tao in Severance Hall in a special program inspired by jazz and Dadaist art film, performed with pianist Aaron Diehl. Concerto highlights in the upcoming season include performances of his own work for piano & orchestra,The Oneiroi in New York, with the Seattle Symphony, as well as performances with the Baltimore, Charlotte, and Pacific Symphonies. He will also perform The Oneiroi alongside Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Concerto with the Phoenix Symphony.Highlights from Conrad’s 2018-19 season included his inauguration of the New York Philharmonic’s Nightcap series with artist Charmaine Lee and dancer Caleb Teicher, with whom he also premiered the new evening-length multidisciplinary work, More Forever, which continues to tour throughout the US. His ongoing electroacoustic collaboration with improviser and vocalist Charmaine Lee also continues with an opening-night performance at the 2019 Resonant Bodies Festival in New York. In February 2019, Conrad made his LA Opera debut in the West Coast premiere of David Lang's new work, the loser. A Warner Classics recording artist, Tao’s will release his third album, entitled American Rage this Fall, featuring works by Julia Wolfe, Frederic Rzewski and Aaron Copland. Tao was born in Urbana, Illinois, in 1994. He has studied piano with Emilio del Rosario in Chicago and Yoheved Kaplinsky in New York.

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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