By Staff writer
Korean conductor Han-Na Chang reportedly quits in middle of international tour
The head of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra has reportedly quit, citing “persistent administrative difficulties and irreconcilable artistic differences” with management.
Korean conductor Han-Na Chang was the orchestra’s first female musical director and had held the prestigious position for one year, Doha News reported on Tuesday.
Her resignation came during an international tour and follows a successful debut performance by the orchestra at the world-famous BBC Proms in London, the report said.
In a statement, Chang said: “It is a very sad day for me. Just over a year ago I was honoured to take up this position. At that time I made clear my belief that the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra could become an international ensemble of excellence and I have had the privilege of seeing that belief vindicated through the skill, hard work and commitment of this wonderful group of players, culminating in the orchestra’s debut at the Proms.
I send my deepest thanks to everyone involved for what we have achieved together and I wish the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra all the very best for its future.”
Part of Qatar Foundation, the orchestra was set up six years ago by QF chairperson Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.
Based at the Katara Cultural Village opera house, the orchestra performs twice a week seasonally, and also undertakes a number of international concerts each year.
A QF spokesperson confirmed Chang’s departure but did not comment further.
She is quite fantastic, accomplished with huge energy. QPO would do well to make it possible for her to stay. A huge programme today at the Proms and not a single score, a huge achievement for one so young.