Grammy-Nominated Cellist

SECOND CUP CAFE, Han-Na Chang
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As one of the most celebrated young soloists performing today, Han-Na Chang has been called one of the strongest cellists among her peers.

To coincide with the Grammy Awards on Sunday night on CBS, Chang, who is nominated for a Grammy in the category of "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra," played her cello for The Saturday Early Show's Second Cup Cafe.

Chang was born in Seoul, Korea, and started playing the cello at age 6. By the age of 11, Chang already had won the support of Mstislav Rostropovich, who is regarded by some as the world's greatest living cellist. She had won first prize in his international Cello Competition. By 12, Chang had released her first EMI Classics recording.

At 13, she made her Carnegie Hall debut. Now, at age 21, Chang is regarded as one of the best classical cellists in the world. She has played with such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic to the London Symphony.

Chang was recently awarded the 2004 Prix International du Disque, or Cannes Classical Award, one of the most prestigious prizes in classical music.

Her third album, "The Swan," is a personal selection of pieces for cello and orchestra, and includes such selections as Rachmaninov's Vocalise to Bruch's Ave Mar.

Chang's most recent CD, "Prokofiev," was the album nominated for a Grammy for "Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra."

She will be playing with the New York Philharmonic on March 4, 5 and 6, at Lincoln Center.

While pursuing her professional career, Chang is continuing her academic studies at Harvard University.