Skip to Content Skip to Navigation

Angelin Chang - pianist: Biography


GRAMMY® Award Winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, internationally acclaimed pianist Angelin Chang is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. She concertizes in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Miss Chang’s concert tours have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), State Theatre (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Zelazowa Wola (Warsaw), Shanghai Grand Theatre (China), Sala Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She is the first American awarded First Prizes in both piano and chamber music during the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (Paris Conservatoire). Angelin Chang is the first pianist of Asian descent and the first female American classical pianist to win the GRAMMY®.


As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Angelin Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization and for World AIDS Day in New York for the United Nations before the Secretary-General. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with the legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale, The de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.


Angelin Chang earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University, Juris Doctor from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Premier Prix - Piano and Premier Prix - Musique de Chambre from the Paris Conservatoire, Master of Music and Distinguished Performer Certificate from Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts (French) and Bachelor of Music from Ball State University, and highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy. Her piano teachers have included Michel Béroff, Marie-Françoise Bucquet, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Robert McDonald, Menahem Pressler, Pierre Réach, Pia Sebastiani, György Sebök, Louis-Claude Thirion and Dorothy Taubman.


Dr. Angelin Chang is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Cleveland State University, where she also teaches at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Previously, Dr. Chang taught on the piano faculty at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.


Recent recording releases include a solo piano album, Angelin (Sabintu Records), Soaring Spirit (Albany Records) with Angelin Chang on piano and Joseph de Pasquale on viola, and Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC) with Angelin Chang as piano soloist and John McLaughlin Williams as conductor in Olivier Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1.


Angelin Chang serves as Vice President, Board of Governors, Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of the Classical Task Force of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences). She has been a member of the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater Festival (Cleveland), Past President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District, and State Coordinator for the Music Teachers National Association Young Artists Competition and MTNA Chamber Music Competition.


Through her work with the Taubman Approach and Seminars in New York and Philadelphia, and at the Keyboard Wellness Seminars in Texas, Dr. Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain and injury. 

Angelin Chang is a Yamaha Artist-in-Education. She is named by the Yamaha Corporation of America as its first Academic/Performing Artist. Her use of the Disklavier® in performance is available upon request.