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)

 

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The first Hong Kong born Kapellmeister appointed by 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 with his first public appearance as concert pianist at age 13. Being a well rounded musician whether as soloist, collaborative pianist, symphonic, operatic or choral 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. He is well-known of having interpreted an enormous versatile repertoire from Gregorian Chants to living composers, including operas from Mozart, Puccini, Verdi to Ligeti, major symphonic works from Haydn Symphonies to Beethoven 9 and Varese’s Amerique, as well as piano works from Bach Goldberg Variations to Liszt’s Sonata and Brahms 1st piano concerto. 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, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic 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. 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.