The Concord Orchestra concerto competition judges were thrilled to select young Hana Chang as our winner this year. The orchestra is busy rehearsing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto and can’t wait to hear her!
Hana leads a busy musical life:
“12 year-old Hana Chang from Lexington, MA, began playing violin at the age of four under Ms. Klaudia Szlachta. She currently studies under Professor Yuri Mazurkevich (through New England Conservatory, Preparatory School), and Mr. Miguel Pérez-Espejo Cárdenas.
“Hana made her first solo appearance at the age seven with the NEC Baroque Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mr. Aldo Abreu. She continued to have solo performances with the orchestra for the next two years.
“In January 2014, Hana played solo with the Lexington Symphony in their Orchestrating Kids Through Classics program. She is invited to perform again in 2015.
“Hana also enjoys playing in chamber groups. She has joined chamber groups in NEC, and the Lexington Chamber Music Center directed by Mr. Randy Hiller. She currently plays in a NEC string quartet coached by Ms. Judith Serkin.
“This summer, Hana attended the Meadowmount School of Music where she studied violin under Mr. Ivan Ženatý, and viola under Ms. Patricia McCarty. In past summers, she has attended Musica Mundi Chamber Music Courses and Festival (Belgium) where she played with Ivry Gitlis and Maxim Vengerov, Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival (Japan), and NEC Festival Youth Orchestra.
“Hana won her first award when she was seven at the Young Promise International Festival and Competition. This year, she is the winner of the Concord Orchestra’s Ehlers Young Artist Concerto Competition, the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra’s Young Soloist Competition, and the NEC Concerto Competition.
“Besides violin, Hana also studies viola under Mr. Peter Sulski.
“Hana is a sixth grader at the Waldorf School of Lexington. When she is not playing the violin, she enjoys swimming, knitting, and reading (and her favorite animal is the horse).
“Hana would like to say a very special thank you to Mr. Roger O’Neil for sponsoring all her violins throughout the years.”