Yu-An Chang, a Taiwanese conductor who won first prize at the 2016 International conducting competition Jeunesses Musicales in Romania, has been tapped by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons to be the orchestra’s new assistant conductor. The two-year term begins with the 2018-19 season.
Yu-An, who’ll make his first podium appearance as assistant conductor during the BSO’s 2019 Tanglewood season, replaces current BSO assistant conductor Moritz Gnann, who joined the BSO at the start of the 2015-16 season and completes his three-year term with the orchestra this summer at Tanglewood. (On July 13, Gnann leads the BSO in a program of music by Wagner, Mozart, and Schumann, featuring pianist Paul Lewis.)
Yu-An founded the Youth Sinfonietta of Taipei, which he led until 2013, and became music director and chief conductor of the Asia Nova Symphony Orchestra in 2016.