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Internationally acclaimed for her musical poetry and technical brilliance, ANGELIN CHANG is America’s first female classical pianist to win the GRAMMY® Award (Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques/Best Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra). She performs worldwide at such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Severance Hall (Cleveland), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), 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.


As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., she participated in developing and launching the Arts for Everyone initiative.  She has performed for the U.S. Department of State, United Nations Women's Organization, and for the United Nations before the Secretary-General. An active chamber musician, she concertized and recorded for decades as the exclusive pianist of legendary violist Joseph de Pasquale and The de Pasquale String Quartet, and performs regularly with members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Cleveland Orchestra.


A First Prize (Premier Prix) graduate of the Paris Conservatoire, 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, France. Angelin Chang earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University, 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 Juris Doctor is from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. 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 Music and Professor of Law at Cleveland State University. She is Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and Coordinator of Chamber Music in the School of Music and Advisor to the Entertainment and Sports Law Association at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


Through her work with the Taubman Approach and Keyboard Wellness Seminars at the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, and Temple University in Philadelphia, Dr. Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain, and injury. She has also presented and published on the subject for the European Piano Teachers Association International Conference at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She presents piano seminars and masterclasses at such institutions as the Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing), Shanghai Conservatory, Academia Internacional de Música de Coimbra (Portugal), Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music (NY), and Curtis Institue of Music (Philadelphia).


Active in the GRAMMY® organization and its Classical Task Force, she has served as Vice President, Board of Governors for The Recording Academy (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) Chicago Chapter and Chair of the Education and Classical Committees. She is Past President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District and served on the Board of Trustees for Great Lakes Theater. Dr. Chang is Chair of the Research Committee on Asian and Pacific Studies of the International Political Science Association (IPSA/RC18) and an editor of the Routledge Handbook of Asia in World Politics. Cultural Agent for the United States Department of Arts and Culture, she has been selected for the Class of 2020 by Leadership Music. In addition to being the first American female pianist, Angelin Chang is also recognized as the first pianist of Asian descent awarded the GRAMMY®. 


Angelin Chang is Yamaha Corporation of America's first Academic-Performing Artist. Her use of the Disklavier® hybrid piano in presentation and performance is available upon request.

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