Tung-Chieh Chuang

Tung-Chieh Chuang

Tung-Chieh Chuang is the much-celebrated winner of the International Nikolai Malko Competition 2015 in Copenhagen. With flying colours, the young conductor was able to outstand from a wide field of competitors and carry of this prestigious prize. Earlier, he had already won Second Prize and the Audience Award at the Solti Competition in Frankfurt, and First Prize at the Gustav Mahler Conducting Competition in Bamberg as well as at the Jeunesses Musicales Conducting Competition in Bucharest.

He worked as a guest conductor at the Bamberg Symphonic, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, the Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Turku Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Taiwan Philharmonic, the Macao Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He repeatedly collaborated with the MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the Kammerphilharmonie Berlin and the Württemberg Kammerorchester Heilbronn.

Highlights of the 2017-18 season were his debuts at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Göteborg Symphonic and the Oslo Symphonic. For the first time, Chuang worked with the Tonkünstlerorchester, the Bochum Symphonic, the Württemberg Philharmonic Reutlingen, the Bergen Philharmonic, the Symphony Orchestras of Trondheim and Malmö, and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. He was re-invited to perform at the Oviedo Filharmonia, the Qatar Philharmonic, the Tampere Philharmonic, and the Sønderjyllands Symphony Orchestra. In Asia, he conducted concerts with the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, the Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra and the Hangzhou Philharmonic. Chuang gave his Canadian debut in January 2018 at the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

In 2010, Tung-Chieh Chuang was awarded the Edwin B. Garrigues Fellowship at the Curtis Institute of Music. As one of the organizers, he helped to pull together the Curtis Japan Benefit Concert in Philadelphia in 2011, whose revenues were donated to the Red Cross in Japan to help the victims of the earthquake that shook the country in March 2011. In 2012, he initiated an orchestra flash mob in Taiwan.

Chuang’s huge musical talent already showed during his childhood. He was born to a family of professional musicians, and learnt to play the piano and the horn early on. He gave his first public concert at the age of 11. The conductor studied at the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia and the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar, among his mentors were Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier, Otto-Werner Mueller and Nicolás Pasquet.

Before he decided to pursue a musical career in 2007, Chieh got a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics at Purdue University. The conductor and his family are currently living in Berlin.

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