“As with Weber’s "Freischütz” Overture, Chuang proves himself as a maestro with a fine atmospheric instinct [Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé], making the sound almost tangible with his far-reaching gestures.”
- Der Tagesspiegel
Tung-Chieh Chuang is the winner of the 2015 International Malko Competition in Copenhagen, standing out amongst a large field of candidates to win this prestigious award. Prior to this, the young Taiwanese conductor had already won numerous prizes and accolades, including a prize and the Audience Award at the Solti Competition in Frankfurt as well as being named a winner of the Gustav Mahler Competition in Bamberg and the Jeunesse Musicales Conducting Competition in Bucharest.
As guest conductor Tung-Chieh Chuang has appeared with such orchestras as Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Philharmonic, Macao Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He continues his relationships with MDR Sinfonieorchester, Leipzig, Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Qatar Philharmonic and Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.
Highlights of the 2018/2019 season include debuts with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, the Dresdner Philharmonie and the SWR Symphonie Orchester. Further engagements take him to the Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra. He returns to the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Sonderjyllands Symphony Orchestra, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and Lapland Chamber Orchestra. Already well established in large parts of Asia, in October 2018 he will make his Japan debut in a concert with the Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. He embarks upon re-invitations to the Taiwan Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Macao Orchestra, accompanies the Taipei Symphony Orchestra on tour in Taiwan and China and leads the NCPA Orchestra in Beijing. At the end of the season he makes his debut in Australia, conducting concerts with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
In 2010, Chuang received the Edwin B. Garrigues Fellowship of the Curtis Institute of Music. A year later in Philadelphia, he initiated the Curtis Japan Benefit Concert, donating all proceeds to the victims of the March 2011 earthquake via the Red Cross Japan. In 2012 he launched the first orchestral ‘flashmob’ in Taiwan, in his role as Principal Conductor of the National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra.
Born into a family of professional musicians, Tung-Chieh Chuang showed great musical promise from an early age studying the horn and piano, giving his first public concert at the age of 11. He continued his education at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and at the Hochschule für Musik „Franz Liszt“ Weimar. His mentors include Mark Gibson, Gustav Meier, Otto-Werner Mueller and Nicolás Pasquet.
He currently lives with his wife and his young daughter in Berlin.
You can see Tung Chieh Chuang in action at New Zealand Premier Series - Reimagined on Thursday 8 August.