Dr. Joanne Chang
Dr. Joanne Chang
“…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 was reminiscent of the 1945 Horowitz recording and Glen 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
“…She was very passionate and sweet….” -Classical Music Daily of UK on The New Yorker CD
“…There's a certain level of dramatic weight and controlled energy within Joanne Chang's expressive and evocative playing, very different from today's generically precise but mechanical approach.” -Classical Music Sentinel of Canada on The New Yorker CD
Dr. Chang, the New York-based classical pianist, has performed extensively worldwide 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 Zankel and Weill Halls in New York City.
Joanne came to prominence as the Second-Prize winner in the National Taiwan Piano Competition and as the string prize winner in the National Taiwan Viola Competition. Continuing her studies 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: The President Award, the Piano Workshop Award, First-Prize in the Yamaha Keyboard Scholarship competition, the Kerrison Piano Scholarship, and two Queensland Piano Foundation Scholarship Awards to name a few. These and other tributes have heralded her career as a pianist on the stages of major concert halls in North America, Europe, Far East and Oceania.
Highlights of performances include a few Fazioli Piano International Corp.-sponsored solo tours in Taipei, Tainan, Hsinchu, Kaohsiung and Hualien in Taiwan; Bern and Olten, Switzerland; Dussedorf, Germany, London, UK; QPAC, Queensland Multi-Cultural Center and the Ian Hager Recital Halls in Brisbane, Australia; Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa; and Shanghai, Nanjing, SuZhou, HongZhou, YenCheng, Kunming, Guiyang, in China.
In New York City she performed concerts at Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, sponsored by Artist's International Inc.; Colden Auditorium, City College, Manhattan Center, DiMenna Center, Symphony Space, Steinway Hall and St. Joseph College. Other cities in the US include Long Island SUNY Purchase, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Jersey, and Norman, Oklahoma.
She has performed on television and on radio at WYNE 25 and WHLC AM in New York; DaiAi TV in Taiwan and the New Tang Dynasty and Chinese Television System in Australia. She was invited to be the soloist for the inaugural concert of Four Temperaments by Hindemith with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan.
Dr. Chang has established herself as an interdisciplinary researcher (mindfulness, music education and performance, and psychology). She has several publications in scientific peer-reviewed journals such as Psychology of Music, Medical Problems for Performing Artists and Journal of Performance and Mindfulness. As an active advocate of the contemporary repertoire, Joanne has introduced audiences to premiers of the commissioned works of such composers as Timothy Polashek, I-Wen Huang-Wong, Hsin-Jung Tsai, Davide Zannoni, and George Brunner. She recently released her first CD album by Centaur Records – The New Yorker: Impression and received many accolades.
A sought-after music educator, Joanne has given mindfulness lectures and piano masterclasses at the Governor School in South Carolina, Saddleback College in LA , Oklahoma University; Lehman College, Hunter College, and Asian American/Asian Research Institute in NYC, the College Music Society conference in Boston and the Vivace Music School in Brisbane, Australia, Jin Si Hall in SuZho city, China; and at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
Joanne received her undergraduate degree from the Queensland Conservatorium of Griffith University in Australia, her Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Doctoral degree in Music and Music Education 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 a Professor at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.