Conductor/Pianist

under the subtle and refined musical direction of Jimmy Chiang who inspired the orchestra to a noble and sensitive sound and ably supported both the soloists and the choir”
Orpheus international Opera Magazine
His intuitive understanding of the intricate relationship between music and drama makes  him a fantastic opera conductor.”
Calixto Bieito (Renowned Stage Director)

 

 

The first Hong Kong born Chinese conductor ever appointed as the Kapellmeister of the famed Vienna Boys’ Choir since 2013 in its 500 years of history; First Prize Winner of the renowned „Lovro von Matacic“ international conducting competition in 2007, Jimmy Chiang began his musical career in his home town with his first public appearance as concert pianist at age of 13 with the Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, in which he was also a cellist from 1994 to 1996 and has been its principal conductor since 2008. Chiang’s performing career as soloist, collaborative pianist and conductor has brought him to prestigious stages and festivals all around the world, among others such as the Wiener Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Mariinsky Theater, Komischen Oper Berlin, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Seoul Art Centre, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and FACYL in Spain. Being a well rounded musician who masters an enormous versatile repertoire from gregorianic to living contemporaries, he is highly acclaimed in his interpretation of the Viennese Classic and Johann Strauss. The international opera magazine “Orpheus” well described Chiang in a cover article in 2009 under the title “Versatility comes through Hard Work, Discipline and Respect!”

Chiang worked as assistant music director of the Wagner’s “Ring” cycle at Theater Lübeck from 2007 to 2009, as well as numerous opera productions at the Eutin Festival during the summer seasons. From 2009 to 2011 he became 1st Kapellmeister at Theater Freiburg, where he directed premiere productions such as a howling success of Ligeti’s opera Le Grand Macabre with celebrated stage director Calixto Bieito and Offenbach’s “Orpheus in der Unterwelt”. In 2016 he founded the Hong Kong – Vienna Music Festival and became its first artistic director and led the festival to its climax by bringing together members of the Vienna State Opera, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and many HK local musicians in a stunning performance of Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony.

Born to a musical family, Chiang began piano lessons when he was four. He also studied violoncello and composition as a teenager. He received the Fellows Diploma of the Trinity College of Music London at the age of 16. He then graduated with the Bachelor of Music Degree at Baylor University (USA), where he became student of the renowned pianist Krassimira Jordan of the Russian piano school and the legendary polish born Jewish conductor Daniel Sternberg.   He continued his education and obtained the “Magister Artium” Degree with distinction at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, where he was the last student of the Austrian conductor Leopold Hager and German pianist Wolfgang Watzinger. In 2003 he became student of Seiji Ozawa and appeared at the Rohm Music Festival in Kyoto, Japan upon the maestro’s invitation. Other significant mentors included Dr. Yip Wai-hong in Hong Kong and Erwin Ortner, founder and director of the renowned Arnold Schönbergchor of Vienna.