Ignace (Iggy) Jang, special guest violinist

Ignace Jang guest Aloha Piano FestivalAn active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, violinist Ignace (Iggy) Jang is the concertmaster of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra as well as the Britt Festivals, the Pacific Northwest's premiere outdoor summer performing arts festival. He is also a faculty member of the Music Department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Jang has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in concert halls such as the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, the Seole Arts Center and the Sejong Cultural Arts Center, playing before the First Lady of Korea. Guest solo appearances have included the Honolulu Symphony under the baton of Music Director Samuel Wong, the Colorado Symphony with Music Director Marin Alsop, the Versailles Chamber Orchestra, and L' Orchestre Provence Alpes Cote d' Azur in France. As a chamber musician, he was invited to the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics Music Festival, the Modern Music Festival in Boulder, Colorado, and the Berlioz, Trieves and Chirens Festivals in his native France.

Mr. Jang was a grand prize winner at the 1989 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.

Born to Korean parents in Grenoble France, Jang met the violin at the age of five. He grew up listening to the legendary violin virtuosos of the past, nurturing respect for the individuality of their artistry and mastery of their instrument. He later discovered musical genres outside the classical realm and became appreciative of the array of emotions they conveyed. The music of the Americas, ranging from the sixties pop tunes of Detroit to the Argentinean tangos of Piazzolla is of special interest to him. In his playing, he strives to express a similar spectrum of feelings while unfolding a unique color and depth of sound for which he has seen praise in the American, European and Korean Press.