Guest Conductor – Iggy Jang – Maui Chamber Orchestra

May 2022 (planned)

Ignace ("Iggy") Jang is very grateful to the Maui Chamber Orchestra for the opportunity to guest-conduct wonderful works that do not need conducting. First and foremost he is happy to share the stage with Maui musicians, dedicated to carry on the legacy of beautiful music all around the island.

Jang has conducted statewide extensively, from Vivaldi’s and Piazzolla’s Four Seasons to Sibelius’s Finlandia, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and other favorites. This spring he will come full circle: years ago, violinist extraordinaire Chee-Yun performed the two violin works featured on MCO’s program with Iggy at the helm. This May he will assume both roles, soloing and conducting, with a beat pattern intended to be less about counting, but more about holding the musical line. It remains to be seen whether he will be using a baton, a violin bow or bare hands to do so.

Recognized for his ability to forge personal connections with audiences, Jang is the concertmaster of the Hawaiʻi Symphony Orchestra and the Britt Festivals Orchestra, and a faculty member of the Music Department at the University of Hawaii Mānoa and the Punahou School. He has performed throughout the United States, South America, Europe. Recent collaborators include pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Jon Kimura Parker, Ralph Votapek, violinist Hilary Hahn, cellist Franz Helmerson and ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro.

A dedicated educator, Jang spends much of his time ensuring the success of future generations through his various endeavors. “It is the time you have lost for your flower that makes her so important”, says St. Exupéry’s Little Prince. Jang tries to follow this motto in his teachings year-round, to students of all ages, and all places. The former director of the String Program at the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, Jang is currently overseeing the Solo & String Program of the Pacific Music Institute, a summer camp founded by the Hawaii Youth Symphony.

Jang was a grand prize winner at the Rodolfo Lipizer International Violin Competition, held in Italy, where he was also the recipient of the Jury's Special Prize for outstanding musical personality. Jang also won prizes at the Lion's Club of France Violin Competition and the Eastern Music Festival. He received the early part of his training from Professor Flora Elphege, before entering the Premier Prix as the youngest laureate of that year. Various grants from the Franco-American Commission and the French Ministry of the Culture allowed him to further his studies under the tutelage of Franco Gulli at Indiana University. After receiving the Artist Diploma degree, he was invited the following year as a visiting scholar.