. . . Hsia-Jung Chang's touch, her own personal atmosphere of artistry and musical honesty. I compare her more readily to yesterday's pianists, in a good sense, like Moriz Rosentahl, Ignaz Friedman or even Emil von Sauer, than to contemporary players.
- Swedish critic
Ingvar Loco Nordin
Hsia-Jung Chang is a distinctive and important new voice in the annals of pianism: I'll be watching her with keen anticipation.
- New York critic
A native of Taiwan, Hsia-Jung Chang grew up listening to her famous mother, composer/yodeler/guitarist/TV personality Ho Lan, whose musical repertoire ranged from Taiwanese folk songs to flamenco to her own guitar transcriptions of Chopin. Hsia-Jung Chang is equally at home performing Hummel’s Mozart Symphony transcriptions on fortepiano, and Chopin Etudes on Viennese1828 Graf piano, as well as Carman Moore’s Mystery of Tao on synthesizer. Chang has premiered and commissioned numerous works by composers in the United States and Scandinavia. She has recorded close to 60 works by Frédéric Chopin. Chang has been featured live on radio and television, including KUHT, KAMU, Danish National radio, Taiwan radio and TV, and on Indian TV in 2007 as the music ambassador for World Aids Day.
In 2002, together with her sister, singer/pianist/Grammy-nominated recording engineer Hsi-Ling Chang, and her mother Ho Lan, Chang started the independent record label Mandala Studio, LLC. Since then the three artists have combined their talents to produce first-rate recordings and mind-bending music videos. Chang’s recording of Chopin: Complete Préludes, recorded on a rebuilt 1907 Pleyel piano, has generated a lot of interest worldwide. It has been showcased on Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal on WQXR, CBC radio program As It Happens, WJFF and WKCR radio interviews, and numerous other radio stations. Chang’s improvisation album, Inside the Piano – 21st Century Improvisations, makes use of the piano in unconventional ways, producing sublime as well as harrowing soundscapes using the strings and resonating surfaces inside the piano. This innovative recording has become a favorite of Experimental DJ's across the country. It was featured in an hour-long interview as part of the New York Alive series on WKCR. Chang's latest recording features the piano works of Claude Debussy. Critic Marvin J. Ward of CVNC writes, "Hsia-Jung Chang channels Debussy. . . this recording easily places itself among the best interpretations, those that serve as benchmarks for Debussy's sound world..." All of Mandala Studio's recordings are available on CDBaby.com and on iTunes.
Chang attended Kwang Ren Conservatory of Taiwan, and 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. In addition, she has received musical coaching from Anton Kuerti, Christoph Eschenbach, Ilana Vered, Seymour Bernstein, and Kenneth Cooper.
In addition to giving solo and chamber music concerts, Chang has been guest lecturer/recitalist at the Manhattan School of Music, Duke University, Prince George's Community College, College of the Mainland, Friends University, the Shengyang Music Conservatory, Dong Bei University of China, Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, and the Spokane Symphony. She also performed with the Metropolitan Opera Guild Outreach, introducing opera to children in schools of the greater New York area. Chang’s witty and refreshing lectures on music have delighted and inspired audiences of all ages. Chang has been the Music Director of Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church since 2008. She resides in New York City where she can be frequently heard on the Piano Lunch Series.