I recently watched Han-Na Chang performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 via YouTube, and I was freaking impressed. She was simply fantastic, taking the cello to the outer limits, & she did a brilliant job with the furious, impeding notes. I was simply blown away. Her biography is nothing short of stellar, read on:
Taken from Wiki:
She was born in Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea to two ethnic Korean parents. Even as a child Chang was considered a prodigy. Chang began studying piano at age 3, and began her study in cello three years later at age 6. In 1994, at only 11 years old she competed in the Fifth Rostropovich International Cello Competition, winning first against many musicians some being even double her age. At this competition she was awarded with both the First Prize as well as the Contemporary Music Prize, determined by Maestro Mstislav Rostropovich and ten additional jury members. In an interview Chang confessed that she had no expectation to win, but entered the competition for the chance to be able to play in front of the great cellist and Maestro Rostropovich.
From her webpage:
In recent seasons, Miss Chang has made successful debuts with many of the world's great orchestras, including the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Maggio Musicale Orchestra in Florence, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, DC, the New York Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, the La Scala Orchestra of Milan and the San Francisco Symphony.
Despite her size, she mastered the instrument perfectly; watching her, you'll see that she's truly bonded to the instrument & the music, inseparable until the last note. You'd be bound to watch her sheer concentration & total focus to bring the piece to maximum brilliance.
Her dedication & talent is admirable, I'm definitely impressed by her ability to bring out more expressions from her music.