'... her playing was both scholarly and musical, with a good sense of style, effective phrasing and dynamics ... She is a muscular and commanding pianist with a solid technique ... best of all - its measured, unflustered pace [Prokofiev: Sonata No 7] was reminiscent of the 1945 Horowitz recording and Glenn Gould's unexpectedly benchmark version.' - New York Concert Review
'... the impeccable articulation and technique, and the fantastic interpretation, sophisticated, subtle style ... a graceful pianist ... a brilliant rising star!' - New York Community Times
New York-based classical pianist Joanne Chang has performed extensively on five continents as a recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and in various chamber music ensembles. In 1995 she gave her recital debut in Australia, and subsequently performed at Die Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany and at Carnegie Weill Hall in New York City.
Joanne came to prominence when she was second-prize winner in the National Taiwan Piano Competition and a string prize winner for National Taiwan Viola Competition.
Continuing her study in Australia, Joanne was awarded a four-year scholarship towards her Bachelor's degree in Australia, where she graduated valedictorian and received a special honor. She has been awarded many scholarships and prizes, including: The President Award, Piano Workshop Award, First-Prize of Yamaha Keyboard Scholarship, Kerrison Piano Scholarship and two times Queensland Piano Foundation Scholarship Award. These and other tributes have propelled a career as pianist on major concert halls and stages in North America, Europe, the Far East and Oceania.
Performance highlights include Fazioli-sponsored solo tours in Taipei, Tainan, Hsinchu and Kaohsiung of Taiwan; Bern and Olten in Switzerland; QPAC and Ian Hager Recital Halls in Brisbane Australia; Colden Auditorium at Queens College; Hunziker Theatre at William Paterson University, Merkin Hall sponsored by Artist's International Inc; Symphony Space and Steinway Hall in New York; plus other cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles in the USA and Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa.
Dr Chang has also established herself as an interdisciplinary researcher (music and psychology). She has several publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals such as Psychology of Music and Medical Problems for Performing Artists. In addition to concert performances and publications, Dr Chang is a multiple grant award winner: two PSC-CUNY Grants, two G Shuster Fellowships, three Travel Awards from the State of New York and the Diversity Grant. Moreover, she has appeared on television channels and radio stations at WYNE 25 and WHLC AM in New York, DaiAi TV in Taiwan and New Tang Dynasty and Chinese Television System in Australia.
A sought-after music educator, Joanne has given masterclasses at Governor School in South Carolina and Vivace Music School in Brisbane, Australia; workshops and presentations at Oklahoma University, Lehman College, Asian American/Asian Research Institute, College Music Society conference in the States; Jin Si Hall at Sucho city in China, and Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
As an active advocate of contemporary repertoire, Joanne has captured composers like Timothy Polashek, I-Wen Huang-Wong, Hsin-Jung Tsai, Davide Zannoni, and George Brunner for piano solo commissions and premiers. She was invited as the soloist for the inaugural concert of Four Temperaments by Hindemith with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Recent appearances include solo and various chamber ensemble settings at Manhattan Center, City College, SUNY Purchase, St Joseph College in New York; Oklahoma University in Norman City; City Hall in Guiyang City, Tzu Chi Foundation in Shanghai City, China; and Johannesburg and Durban cities in South Africa.
Joanne received her undergraduate degree from Queensland Conservatorium of Griffith University in Australia, her Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Doctoral degree from Columbia University. Her teachers include Tai-Cheng Chen, Constance Keene, Karl-Heinz Kammerling, Natasha Vlassenko, Mykola Suk, Valida Rassoulova and Lev Vlassenko.
Currently, Joanne Chang is an Assistant Professor at the City University of New York.
Music & Vision articles by Joanne Chang
Dinu Lipatti. '... skillfully and brilliantly carried out.'
Joanne Chang writes on music education in the USA