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Hsia-jung Chang

Hsia-jung Chang, piano

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 sound world...”

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.