Ignace Jang, Concertmaster



How did you choose your instrument?

Though my brother and sister played piano when I was young, my mother would play my favorite LP of the Bruch and Mendelssohn Violin Concertos. When my parents asked about learning an instrument, the choice was easy.

Favorite Solo Piece?

Khachaturian Violin Concerto, for all the childhood memories it evokes.

What famous figure, living or dead, would you most like to invite to dinner, and why?

I’d like to meet the Little Prince in person. The Little Prince is a fictional character from a book of the same name, written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. I really would.

What is your favorite musical style?

Motown, 70s, some Jamiroquai.

What are your activities, hobbies, interests, outside of music?

I like to wake up at 4 am to watch European soccer on TV. Still searching for the perfect baguette here. (Or on the mainland…)

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Gummy candy.

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More About Ignace Jang

Recognized for his ability to forge personal connections with audiences, Ignace “Iggy” Jang is the concertmaster of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and the Britt Festivals Orchestra, a faculty member of the Music Department at the University of Hawaii Manoa and Punahou School. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia in concert halls such as the Bunkamura Hall in Tokyo, Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, the Seoul Arts Center and the Sejong Cultural Arts Center. Solo appearances include the Hawaii Symphony, Colorado Symphony, the Versailles Chamber Orchestra, and L’Orchestre Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur in France. As a chamber musician, he was invited among others to the Berlioz, Trieves and Chirens Festivals in his native France, the Jeju Isle Music Festival in Korea, and toured Brazil, China, Brazil, Turkey and England most recently in a series of concerts and masterclasses. Jang was also a featured artist at the Music Teachers National Association national convention in Los Angeles, CA and recently released a CD of the works of Edward T. Cone.
Regular collaborators include pianists Jon Nakamatsu, Jon Kimura Parker, Ralph Votapek, violinists Hilary Hahn, Chee-Yun, cellist Franz Helmerson and ukulele extraordinaire Jake Shimabukuro. Jang is excited to share the stage with Maestro Sarah Ioannides for this HSO MasterWorks series.
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. 
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.