Piano Concerts Series
About the Musicians
Pianist Hsia-Jung Chang’s
solo debut at Carnegie-Weill Hall inspired New York critic Harris
Goldsmith to write, "… so interesting and formidably accomplished a
musical personality… a distinctive and important new voice in the
annals of pianism." Chang’s recent concerts feature the complete sets
of Ballades, Impromptus, Etudes, Préludes, and Scherzi of Frédéric
Chopin. She has performed solo and collaborative recitals throughout
Scandinavia, China, Taiwan, and the United States where she now
resides. In 2002 Chang started the recording label Mandala Studio with
the help of her mother Ho Lan, famous yodeler from Taiwan; and her
sister, Grammy-nominated recording engineer, Hsi-Ling Chang. The
label’s releases have been gaining attention worldwide. Chang’s CD Chopin: Complete Préludes,
recorded on a rebuilt 1907 Pleyel piano, has been showcased on Reflections from the Keyboard
with David Dubal of WQXR, CBC radio program As It Happens, and
WJFF (Jeffersonville, NY) radio interview. Chang’s experimental music
CD, Inside the Piano –
21st Century Improvisations, has become a favorite of
experimental music DJs across the country, making the Best of 2008 list
of KKUP’s No Pigeon
Holes, and Best
Recordings of 2009 list of WHUS’s Pushing The Envelope.
It was also featured in an hour-long interview as part of the New York Alive
series on WKCR. Her colorful renditions of Chopin Etudes Op. 10 & Op. 25
have garnered favorable reviews from UK, Sweden, and Gramophone
magazine. Her latest release of Debussy’s piano works received high
praise from critic Marvin J. Ward of the Classical Voice of North Carolina:
“A major new recording. . . this recording easily places itself among
the best interpretations, those that serve as benchmarks for Debussy's
Chang received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Houston and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her piano teachers include Mary Toy, Nelita True, Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon, and Constance Keene. Chang enjoys sharing her musical ﬁndings with her audiences, young and old. She has performed in the Metropolitan Opera Guild Outreach programs, introducing opera to children in the greater New York area. She has also been invited to give lectures at the Manhattan School of Music, Duke University, Friends University, New Jersey Music Teachers Association, Venice Performing Arts Series, Seattle Young Artist Festival, Society for Ethical Culture, Shengyang Music Conservatory, and Dong Bei University of China.
All of Mandala Studio’s recordings are available online at cdbaby, and on numerous download sites such as Apple iTunes. To see live performances of Hsia-Jung Chang and her yodeler mother, Ho Lan, please visit their YouTube channel: baaiimaa. This is her third appearance on the present series.
Please take a moment to visit her web site, hsiajungchang.com.