With its versatility, vitality and musical quality of the highest standard, Trondheim Symfoniorkester (TSO) & Opera is regarded as a powerhouse of Norwegian culture, establishing itself as a source of inspiration for the nation as a whole.
The orchestra has enjoyed a long musical tradition. Up to the 19th century, Trondheim was a centre for sacred music, with many signifi cant musicians settling in the area. Keeping pace with the expanding European music culture, several music societies were formed. TSO was founded in 1909, and with the formation of Trondheim Chamber Orchestra in 1947, the modern symphony of Trondheim began to take on the shape we know today. During the Second World War the TSO was expelled from its concert hall, as the German occupying power appropriated the building and turned it in to their local headquarters, Deutsches Haus in Trondheim. However, that did not deter the TSO from presenting music to the people of Trondheim during these difficult years. Activity was upheld in the churches of the city, serving as a temporary stage for a string of concert performances throughout the war.
In more recent times, the orchestra has established a solid position as an inspiring impulse. Each season TSO presents a diverse classical programme including full stage opera productions. Through numerous education and community programs we display our commitment to the future of music and our support for the next generation of artists.
TSO toured China in 2010, premiering at the opening of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. This highly successful tour also included a performance in Beijing’s Century Theater and concerts in Nanping and Suzhou.
The main ambition of the TSO is to produce and convey musical performances at the highest level, to an audience as broad as possible. A leading strategy throughout 2017 has been innovation in the way our music is presented. TSO has a complex organizational model that covers three main areas: symphonic acitivity, opera and music theatre, including a professional choir in cooperation with the Nidaros Cathedral and a collaboration with the Trondheim Soloists, in exchanging musicians between the two orchestras.
During the autumn of 2019 Han-Na Chang and TSO are planning a tour of South Korea.
Han-Na Chang is the Artistic Leader and Chief Conductor of the Trondheim Symfoniorkester in Norway since August 2017.
As a guest conductor, she has worked with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Bamberger Symphoniker, Toronto Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, the Cincinnati, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle, Sarasota, Naples, Gothenburg, Singapore and Tokyo Symphony orchestras, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony and the Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli amongst others. Other upcoming guest conducting debuts include the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lyon, Danish National Symphony, Iceland Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Orchestre Metropolitain de Montreal and Atlanta Symphony Orchestras. Han-Na Chang made an acclaimed conducting debut at the BBC Proms in September 2014. Prior to being appointed as the Artistic Leader and Chief Conductor, she held the post of Principal Guest Conductor of the Trondheim Symfoniorkester for four seasons from August 2013. Her professional music career started at the age of 11, when she won the Rostropovich International Cello Competition in 1994. As a soloist, she has performed with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Philharmoniker, Staastskapelle Dresden, Philadelphia Orchestra, l'Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Montreal and Sydney Symphony orchestras. Her recordings, exclusively for the former EMI Classics, have received ECHO Klassik, Caecilia and Cannes Classical awards, as well as a Gramophone Concerto of the Year accolade among others, and remain world-wide bestsellers. Han-Na Chang studied Philosophy at Harvard University and served as the Roving Goodwill Ambassador for the Korean Red Cross.