Liu Lin - XinMin Weekly (Dec 28, 2008)
Soloist Angelin Chang's rich, penetrating piano tone meshes gorgeously with the low string pizzicatos at the Shostakovich concerto's outset. And for all of Chang's extroverted, deadly accurate virtuosity, she plays this work as music first, showpiece second. Chang's prodigious control of dynamics and nuances stand out in the Messiaen.
Artistic Quality 10/10
Sound Quality 10/10
- Classics Today (Apr 6, 2007)
第四十九届美国葛莱美奖11日在洛杉矶Staples中心举行颁奖，华裔女钢琴家张安麟（Angelin Chang）以演奏法国名作曲家梅西安（Messiaen）的作品「各国鸟歌」（Oiseaux Exotiques），获最佳器乐独奏大奖。图为张安麟上台领奖后，高举奖座向观众致谢的神情。（美联社）
她11日在洛杉矶出席颁奖典礼后表示非常高兴，也要感谢她父母多年支持。张安麟以演奏法国名作曲家梅西安的作品「各国鸟歌」（Oiseaux Exotiques），先从上千名竞争者中入围，最后获得评审团青睬，击败其它四位来自欧洲的小提琴、长笛等提名者，获得最后殊荣。中国著名民族歌唱家宋 祖英以「百年留声」专辑所在的奖项「最佳古典跨界专辑」获得提名，但遗憾未获葛莱美奖。
张安麟的父亲张德光曾任教于台湾大学、政治大学等，也曾服务于中央研究院，目前是印第安纳州蒙西市博尔大学（Ball State University）政治学教授。张安麟几位妹妹都毕业自哈佛、哥伦比亚、约翰霍普金斯大学等名校。张家11日全部出动到加州为张安麟庆贺。张德光教授 11日晚在电话受访中表示为女儿的成就感到骄傲，也是所有华人的荣誉。
张安麟五岁开始学钢琴，毕业自印州博尔大学音乐系，随后取得印第安纳大学音乐硕士，约翰霍普金斯大学音乐艺术博士，主修钢琴，后在新泽西州罗格斯大学任 教。她也曾在法国巴黎音乐学院受教于名作曲家梅西安（Olivier Messiaen）。张安麟目前是克利夫兰州立大学（Cleveland State University）现任音乐学院钢琴系主任。
- World Journal (Feb 12, 2007)
TNC won the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra award for a recording of Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques featuring pianist Angelin Chang that is part of a six-volume set featuring the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.
Anastasia Tsioulcas, North American section editor (Gramophone) - 49th Annual Grammy Awards announced (Feb 12, 2007)
"Invariably excellent...pianist Angelin Chang's alternately prismatic and pointed artistry in the Messiaen and Shostakovich."
- Gramophone (U.K.)
...the most poignant award went to pianist Angelin Chang, conductor John McLaughlin Williams and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony for Olivier Messaien's "Oiseaux Exotiques" in the cate gory of best instrumental soloist performance with orchestra....
- The Plain Dealer (Feb 18, 2007)
Pianist Angelin Chang and conductor John McLaughlin Williams won the Grammy for best instrumental soloist performance with orchestra for their recording with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony of Messiaen's "Oiseaux Exotiques," from the sixth volume of the ensemble's "Music That Dares to Explore" series.
Nekesa Mumbi Moody/John Soeder - Associated Press/The Plain Dealer (Feb 12, 2007)
"Of the hundreds of performers who have appeared...Angelin Chang is one who has been consistently invited back. "
"She's great. She's terrific."
Pat Hook - The Baltimore Sun
"Chang approached the concerto with reserved determination and agility. In the Allegro con Brio, she skimmed the keys with Mozartean grace. Accompanied by a spirited orchestra and resonant woodwind solos, she etched a fine balance between percussive and cantabile passages underlined with a nice legato." (Prince George's Philharmonic - Beethoven Concerto No. 1)
Cecelia Porter - Washington Post
"...Olivier Messiaen's 'Oiseaux Exotiques' ("Exotic Birds") has won a deserved place in the repertoire. In its panoply of bird calls and glistening sonorities, the 1955 piece is totally original, as well as a tour de force for solo pianist, winds, brasses and percussion."
"Angelin Chang, who studied the work with the late French composer, was the vibrant soloist. She managed the death-defying writing with equal dash and subtlety."
Donald Rosenberg - The Plain Dealer
"There were many talents for one to witness as award-winning pianist Angelin Chang charmed her listeners on the Emens stage. Chang displayed a genuine understanding of the second movement, and her unique technical wizardry provided a delicate beauty to each of the cascading lines and trills. She even choreographed her hand movements with musical fluidity. With an interpretation that seemed remarkably original and fresh, Chang delivered some of the difficult figurations with a light distinct clarity. Equally delightful was the way she could draw out and sustain a phrase or passage." (Muncie Symphony Orhcestra - Chopin Concerto No. 2)
Bradford Meyerdierks - The Star Press
"Piano soloist Angelin Chang provided the necessary grace in her playing to make the composition work. Her playing was one of the highlights of the evening, bringing out the lightness in the piece, giving it attitude that please concert goers."
Anthony Vorell - The Cauldron
"Created dialogue. Her playing, in addition, was fluid, limpid, lovely. Her touch enhanced the lyrical quality of the music. She commands a precise and yet delicate method of striking the keys. There was refinement in her pianism and yet a quiet passion in her approach to the music. Chang brings understanding and sensitivity to a performance."
Peter Jacobi - The Herald Times
One key at a time, Chang masters the piano
"Practice is definitely a part of the process but you also should become involved in the whole culture of the art."
Somona Randall - The Cleveland Stater
"it was marvelous!"
"a straightforward yet intense approach which does ample justice to the music and its intent, and the technique to make it all seem perfectly effortless. Intonation, dynamics, expression—all was as it should be in this very satisfying performance. "
Kelly Ferjutz - CoolCleveland.com
"[Soaring Spirit] disc with pianist Angelin Chang, a faculty member at Cleveland State University, is a recital of works that need not be admired only by violists….Chang collaborates with striking vibrancy. A”
Donald Rosenberg - Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (Feb 13, 2005)
"Rich musical rewards. This opening concert featured the distinguished young American pianist Angelin Chang, who played Schumann's Piano Concerto with grace and fluency. The first movement was marked by poetic eloquence and the finale danced along with a vivacious springy rhythm."
Anne Slatford - Croydon Advertiser (London, U.K.)
Chang tries to make piano accessible
"'It’s not just the product, but the process,' Chang said, referring to learning how to play a musical instrument."
Tim Thornton - The Cleveland Stater
"An enthusiastic State Department audience savored the talents of Angelin Chang during a recent performance in the Dean Acheson Audititorium."
"Her introductory remarks concerning Messiaen's spirituality and musical philosophy illuminated the selections almost as much as did her sensitive playing."
"She was dazzlingly pyrotechnic."
"It left her audience wanting more."
"A thoroughly satisfying musical offering."
Steven Alan Honley - State Magazine - Washington, DC
Grammys 2014, Los Angeles Times
Arts & Entertainment / The Envelope/ Music
Lakewood Students Join Grammy-Winning Pianist In Concert April 27
The Lakewood Observer
by Christine Gordillo
Lakewood City Schools is thrilled to present Grammy award-winning and internationally acclaimed pianist, Angelin Chang, in concert on Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m. This concert is being held at the Lakewood Civic Auditorium and is free and open to the public. Chang will be collaborating and performing with student pianists from the district as Lakewood City Schools continues to go above and beyond in its dedication to music in the district.
Chang is recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance, and it is an honor and privilege to have her share her talents with our students and our community. The Lakewood Civic Auditorium joins in a long and impressive list of venues worldwide that have been graced by Chang’s musical gifts. This list includes venues such as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Lincoln Center (New York), State Theater (Cleveland), St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), Shanghai Grand Theater (China), and the Schnittke Philharmonic Hall (Russia). Please join us on April 27 for what will surely be a special concert.
The Chicago Tribune, Music
Angelin Chang Biography
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YAHOO Celebrity, Angelin Chang
Classical artist Angelin Chang arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles,
California January 26, 2014.
State music conference at MUW to feature Grammy-winning pianist
Angelin Chang performs Friday, Nov. 1 at Mississippi University for Women Poindexter Hall
at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Photo by: Courtesy photo
MUW Office of Public Affairs
October 26, 2013 11:26:23 PM
The Mississippi University for Women Department of Music will host the 59th annual Mississippi Music Teachers Association state conference, which will feature Grammy award-winning pianist Angelin Chang.
The conference will be held Nov. 1-2 with Chang's performance Friday evening Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Chang is noted for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. She has performed concerts in Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America. Her concerts have led her to such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and the Lincoln Center in New York.
Chang is the first pianist of Asian descent and the first female American classical pianist to win a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra for her recording of Olivier Messiaen's "Oiseaux Exotiques" with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, conducted by John McLaughlin Williams.
As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 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.
MMTA was awarded a $3,800 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, which will be used to support the conference.
The annual conference provides Mississippians a venue to come together to experience performances, workshops, newly composed music and competitions to develop both student and teacher skills.
"We are very honored to host the conference this year," said Julia Mortyakova, department chair.
The W also will host collegiate competitions Saturday, March 1.
Mississippi Music Teachers Association is a non-profit, statewide organization whose purpose is to promote music education and professional development of music teachers, music students, and all people of Mississippi.
For additional information, contact the Department of Music 662-241-6399.
UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler to Present Public Concert Featuring Grammy® Award-Winning
Pianist Dr. Angelin Chang
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan, Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
The University of Texas at Tyler School of Performing Arts will present renowned pianist Dr. Angelin Chang in concert on Thursday, March 6, Dr. Michael Thrasher, school director, announced. The public concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall. The program includes works by Beethoven, Chopin and Bach. Chang will also hold a public master class 9 – 11 a.m. on Friday, March 7 in the hall.
Chang is the first American female and the first pianist of Asian heritage to be awarded the GRAMMY® for Best Instrumental Soloist with an orchestra. She has given concerts in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America.
As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Chang participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone Initiative. She performs regularly with the legendary violinist Joseph de Pasquale, The de Pasquale String Quartet and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.
Recordings include the 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 Oliver Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
Chang earned a doctor of musical arts from Peabody Institute – Johns Hopkins University; Premier Prix - Piano and Premier Prix - Musique de Chambre from the Paris Conservatoire; a master of music and distinguished performer certificate from Indiana University, a bachelor of arts in French and a bachelor of music from Ball State University; as well as highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy.
She also holds a juris doctor 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.
For more information, contact the UT Tyler School of Performing Arts, 903.566.7450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 7,500 high-ability students. UT Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston.
Nine Cleveland Restaurants and Grammy-Award Winning Pianist,
Angelin Chang Join for Taste of Summer
CLEVELAND, OH (June 3, 2013) – Verb Ballets is proud to announce the inaugural Taste of Summer benefit on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the home of Tricia and Jim Farley. The evening will feature food from nine hot Cleveland restaurants and musical talent of Grammy award-winning solo pianist, Angelin Chang. These famous chefs and eateries including; Anna in the Raw, Cork & Cleaver Social Kitchen, Deagan’s, Dim and Den Sum, Spice Kitchen + Bar, Toast, Town Hall, Umami and Washington Place Bistro, will be there to provide the food for the evening to benefit Verb Ballets. This culinary journey will bring bright talent and bold flavors together to excite the senses, while delighting in the sounds of a intimate solo performance by musical sensation, Chang.
Nine restaurants have come together to provide the food for a Taste of Summer. Experience the food of brand new urban cafe with sophisticated swill, Town Hall, located in the heart of Ohio City. Chef Tim Bando of Deagan’s Kitchen and Bar was trained by Michael Symon and will present high quality gastro pub fare. Chef Anna Harouvis, owner of Good To Go Cafe! in the IMG Building downtown and Anna In the Raw, culinary focus is on raw ingredients coupled with a true organic clean style of cooking. Spice Kitchen + Bar prepares foods inspired by the season and grown locally. Chris Hodgson’s food truck Dim and Den Sum will bring the gourmet food on wheels. Hodgson’s is set to appear as a Season 9 Food Network Star finalist and was runner up in the Silver Spoon Awards. Chef Matthew Anderson, former instructor at ICASI, brings unique, bold, savory flavors to an ever changing seasonal menu at Umami Asian Kitchen. Cork and Cleaver Social Kitchen presents traditional eclectic American fare in the chef’s Brian Okin and Adam Bostwick’s personal style. Toast on the Detroit Shoreway specializes in revitalized farm fare made with fresh ingredients. Chef Melissa Khoury of Wahington Place Bistro, located in the heart of Little Italy, offers modern American fare featuring local cheeses, produce and meats.
Verb Ballets is honored to present Grammy award-winning solo pianist, Angelin Chang. Experience the amazing musical talent of Chang with an intimate performance in the living room on the grand piano. Chang made her debut performance as a piano soloist was with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, at age 12. She is the first female American classical pianist and the first pianist of Asian descent to win a Grammy. Chang is the first Artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the first Academic Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation. In addition to performing she is a professor of music at Cleveland State University and prior was on faculty at Rutgers University.
Experience these culinary delights and moving sounds at the beautiful home of Tricia & Jim Farley at sunset on the Lake Erie shore. Their house in Lakewood has been noted in The Plain Dealer as an interesting must see place in Cleveland. It is best known for its breathtaking panoramic views of the Erie sunsets and its architectural feat, a hanging cigar room off the shore! Event Chair, Jim Farley is a board member of Verb Ballets and the president of J.P. Farley Corporation. Meet and greet with renowned season choreographers, Daryl Gray (Hollywood choreographer) and Tommie Waheed Evans of PHILADANCO!. Talk and mingle with directors, Dr. Margaret Carlson and Richard Dickinson about the 2013-14 season. Preview a selection from the world premiere ballet by Gray that explores Latin musician, Larry Harlow’s, Cuban salsa sounds. Dance Magazine described Gray’s work as, “stunningly original.” Close the evening with a Chinese floating lantern sendoff at 9:45pm as the sky fills with beautiful flaming good wishes against an unforgettable Erie sunset!
Taste of Summer is a benefit for Verb Ballets on June 29, 2013 from 7:00-10:00pm at the home of Tricia & Jim Farley located in Lakewood. Tickets are $100 per guest. Admission includes open wine and beer bar. Event runs rain or shine. Reservations required for Taste of Summer by calling 216-397-3757 or visit www.verbballets.org.
Journal Star, Pianist Angelin Chang to perform Jan. 24
Grammy Award-winning pianist Angelin Chang will perform 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24 (a Sunday)
at the Civic Center Theater. The show is being presented by the Peoria Civic Center Cultural Diversity Board.
Posted Jan. 8, 2010 @ 12:01 AM, Updated Jan 8, 2010 at 7:18 AM
Grammy Award-winning pianist Angelin Chang will perform 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24 (a Sunday) at the Civic Center Theater. The show is being presented by the Peoria Civic Center Cultural Diversity Board.
Tickets are $45, $35, $29 and $19 ($9 for students) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Peoria Civic Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (800) 745-3000 and online at Ticketmaster.com. Proceeds will benefit the Peoria Joy Luck Club.
Chang has won a Grammy Award for best instrumental soloist performance with an orchestra. As the first artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 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. 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.
Chang is head of keyboard studies and professor of piano at Cleveland State University. Previously, Dr. Chang taught on the piano faculty at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey.
Angelin Chang/Erich Eichhorn @ CSU 6/11
Andrew Druckenrod - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Sep 2, 2009)
A faculty recital at Cleveland State University is generally an enjoyable experience, especially if the faculty involved are pianist Angelin Chang and violinist Erich Eichhorn. This particular recital had a bit of poignancy built in, as Mr. Eichhorn had, five days earlier, retired from The Cleveland Orchestra, having been a member of the first violin section for 40 years. After last month’s disastrous earthquake in China, however, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs approached CSU’s president Michael Schwartz with the idea of making the recital a benefit performance (normally, there would have been no admission fee). Dr. Schwartz was immediately receptive to the idea, and with the help of Anthony Yen and the Tenax Corporation, the campaign was launched.
The entire evening thus became a giant love-in on many levels. There were an abundance of local politicians present, encouraging the supporters of this event. Certificates were presented to all participants by the offices of Mayor Jackson, presented by Councilman Joe Cimperman and Senator Voinovich, presented by his liaison with the city, Mr. Reed. Ronn Richard of the Cleveland Foundation and Peter Lawson Jones, County Commissioner also spoke, briefly as did Mark Santoof the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, and Eddie Ni, of the Yellow Tail Buffet in Fairlawn. Anthony Yen was the genial and informal master of ceremonies, practicing to be a stand-up comedian. (That remark is meant in an entirely complimentary manner as he had everyone laughing almost continually as he spoke.) By evening’s end, more than $25,000. had been raised, an impressive amount, but still a mere pittance when confronted by the effects of the earthquake: 70,000 known dead, 300,000 injured and more than 5 million persons left homeless. As a point of reference, the population of the entire State of Ohio is eleven million.
Ms. Chang, a 2007 Grammy winner, displayed her sensitive yet authoritative and very poetic style in the Serenade or Ständchen from Schwanengesang by Schubert. This was followed by Papillons, Op. 2 by Schumann. There are so manymoods in this cycle, and Ms. Chang captured every one of them, distilling them all into a musical essence not soon forgotten.
She closed the first half of the program with the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543/S.462 of Johann Bach, as transcribed by Franz Liszt, who came to maturity almost a century after the death of Bach. Had the piano (as we know it) not been invented in the meantime, Liszt would surely have had to invent it himself, for no mere harpsichord could stand up to the demands of his imagination. Fortunately, Ms. Chang is a pianist who has no fear of Liszt (or anyone else, I think) and provided an incredible listening experience.
After the brief intermission, Mr. Eichhorn joined his colleague on stage for the Sonata for Violin and Piano in D minor, Op. 108 by Johannes Brahms. This work, from late in the composer’s life, finds him at the peak of his composing skills, creating difficulty for all participants! However, these two masters were not in awe of it. They’ve no doubt performed it many times in past years. The first two movements displayed beautiful playing by both musicians, but in the third, Brahms suddenly uncorks a sense of humor. Brahms! Really. A delightful sequence ensues with syncopation and rhythmic off-beats, first by the piano then the violin. A few measures later, the violin plucks on the off-beats, as the piano continues on its way. With no pause or hesitation, it’s Boom! Right into the fourth movement Presto Agitato, which totally lived up to its name, with lots and lots of notes! Intensity and passion were the bywords of this collaboration, which resulted in an immediate and well-deserved standing ovation.
If you would like to contribute to Earthquake Relief in China, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs will be more than happy to accept your donations which are tax-deductible. All proceeds go directly to the Red Cross Society of China, and will provide aid to victims, including medical care and relief item distribution. Checks should be made payable to: Red Cross Society of China - Earthquake Relief. Mail to: CCWA, 812 Huron Road, Suite 620, Cleveland OH 44115For more information, call 781-3730 x102. Although there is no specific information posted about the Earthquake Relief Fund, the website is: http://www.ccwa.org.
Kelly Ferjutz - CoolCleveland.com (Jun 18, 2008)
Angelin Chang, Classical Pianist & Professor
Issue Date: January 2008
Why she’s interesting:
She won a Grammy in 2007 for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with an Orchestra. She has performed at the U.S. State Department and before the royal family of Nepal. Between releasing new CDs and traveling the world, she is head of keyboard studies and a professor of piano at Cleveland State University. She performed at the United Nations for World AIDS Day this fall and met U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
First thoughts after winning the Grammy:
“Oh my goodness, this is so exciting! It actually happened! Oh, what am I going to say now?”
Turn the volume down!
“My siblings wanted to watch TV while I wanted to practice. My parents decided it would be better to have a piano in my bedroom so I wouldn’t distract from the television.”
Paging Dr. Chang:
She always wanted to be a doctor growing up. But instead of practicing medicine, she practices piano pieces.
The most embarrassing CD in her music collection:
“This probably won’t be considered music, but Anthony Robbins’ self-help CDs.”
Best classical pianists:
Arthur Rubinstein, “but there are so many others after him.”
“Heart and Soul” or “Chopsticks” on repeat for all of eternity?: “Heart and Soul”
Why Cleveland rocks: Because it gave her the chance to teach something she loves. “I saw huge potential here and am happy about the productive direction of the university. Cleveland is a great place to live and work.It has been wonderful for me.”
Best moment in music history: “When Angelin Chang won the Grammy!”
Angelin Chang, Peab '98 (DMA): A Pyrotechnic Performance
John Hopkins Magazine
Angelin Chang left the 49th annual Grammy Awards in February happily weighed down with a Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra. Had there been a Most Outwardly Excited Award Winner category, she would have won that one as well, or so noted a Washington Post reporter, who wrote of her exuberant reaction to winning.
Angelin Chang took home a Grammy for her piano solo performance of Olivier Messlaen's Oiseaux Exotiques. "I was just ecstatic, and a bit numb," she says.Chang, an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and an assistant professor of piano at Cleveland State University, recalls the moment when her category was announced. She only had to hear part of the introduction, she says, to know that it was her performance the presenter was talking about. "I didn't hear anything else after that," says Chang. "I was just ecstatic, and a bit numb."
Chang won for her piano solo performance of Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds) with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, conducted by John McLaughlin Williams. Her performance of the intricate piece, which garnered widespread critical acclaim ("dazzlingly pyrotechnic," wrote one critic), was a tribute to the music's composer, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), whom Chang studied with during her time at the Paris Conservatoire. While earning her doctor of musical arts from Peabody, she also wrote her dissertation on Messiaen, a virtuoso who could reportedly see music in colors and in essence painted vibrant landscapes with some of his compositions.
Oiseaux Exotiques, which he composed in 1955, incorporates the songs of 47 individual birds and the environments they dwell in. "He was very interested in nature, and musically in lots of layering," Chang says of her former mentor. "This particular composition is very dense, and pretty wild."
To illustrate how closely the notes mimic nature, Chang tells the story of the time she was practicing the piece at home. Her neighbors, who happened to be bird enthusiasts, recognized several of the bird songs. "They would come up to me and ask, 'Was that a wood thrush?'" In fact, it was.
Recognized for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance, Chang has performed all over the world in some of the most celebrated venues — from New York's Lincoln Center to London's St. Martin-in-the-Fields to China's Beijing Concert Hall. An active chamber musician, she performs regularly with acclaimed violist Joseph de Pasquale, the de Pasquale String Quartet, and with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Cleveland Orchestra.
Chang has been head of keyboard studies and a faculty member at Cleveland State since 2001. Previously, she was on the piano faculty at Rutgers.
In her acceptance speech, Chang praised all her teachers, a list that included Peabody's own Yoheved Kaplinsky. She also stressed the importance of supporting music education, something she has championed throughout her career. As the first artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Chang participated in developing the Arts for Everyone initiative, which offers free arts programming in an effort to attract new audiences to the center.
"This is such an honor," says Chang. "It was great to be able to pay tribute to my teachers and say thanks."
— Greg Rienzi
GRAMMY® -Award Winner Angelin Chang Joins Yamaha Artist Family
BUENA PARK, Calif. — A musical career that began "by accident" at the age of four to tame her "unruly" behavior, has blossomed into a prolific career in musical performance and pedagogy for Dr. Angelin Chang. Recently signed as Yamaha's first Academic Performing Artist, Chang began her relationship with the company several years ago when she met Yamaha's Mike Bates at a Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Conference. She was left with a positive impression: "I liked hearing about all the great things that were going on with Yamaha," she recalls.
As 2007 GRAMMY® Award Winner for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, the internationally acclaimed pianist has been lauded for her sense of poetry and technical brilliance. She performs in Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America at such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), Lincoln Center (New York), Severance Hall (Cleveland) and St. Martin-in-the-Fields (London), among numerous others.
As the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., 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 before the Royal Family of Nepal. 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 and Cleveland Orchestras.
With her rock-solid academic background, this busy performance schedule is only one aspect of Chang's multi-faceted career. She earned her 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, B.A. (French) and B.M. from Ball State University, and highest honors upon graduation from the Interlochen Arts Academy. She is head of keyboard studies and a professor of piano at Cleveland State University. Previously, Chang was on the piano faculty at Rutgers University.
To support her prolific accomplishments, Chang turns to Yamaha pianos. In addition to the several acoustic grands in her studio, she relies on the Disklavier performance reproducing piano. "The record and playback function helps my students critique themselves objectively and to immediately see and hear what's happening with their technique."
While the record and playback capabilities also prove to be a handy and practical tool for piano exam and recital preparation, Chang is equally fascinated by the instrument's emerging applications. "I am truly excited by the distance learning possibilities created by Disklavier technology," she adds.
Chang's extraordinary resume is rounded out by such CD releases as "Soaring Spirit" (Albany Records) with Joseph de Pasquale on viola, and with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC) in Olivier Messiaen's Oiseaux Exotiques and Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Her professional affiliations include roles as the North America Representative for the Festival Afro-Asiatique Mondial des Oeuvres de Solidarité (FAMOUS), and President of the Panafrican Music and Arts Festival/Piano Division. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater Festival (Cleveland), Co-President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District, and State Coordinator for the MTNA Young Artists and Chamber Music Competitions. Through her work with the Taubman Approach and Seminars in New York, Chang helps pianists develop virtuosity while liberating them from fatigue, pain and injury.
As if all this weren't enough, she was also just bestowed with her first Grammy Award. "It was already an honor to be on the short list of nominees, and to be the only American nominated," Chang says. "Winning the Grammy for this major classical category is beyond words."
On her relationship with Yamaha, she notes, "it's wonderful to collaborate with Yamaha and its artists – and to not be limited to a particular niche. Yamaha is great because it respects history and heritage, but also believes in moving forward from a technology perspective. That's what makes the company attractive to me. They are forward-thinking without sacrificing history or quality merely for technology's sake. They respect both," she says, adding that "the Yamaha staff is gracious."
"We are honored to have an artist of Angelin's stature be associated with Yamaha," says Mike Bates, manager of Yamaha's Institutional and Commercial Services (ICS) Department. "As our first academic artist, we look forward to a fruitful and collaborative relationship with her for many years to come."
For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Piano Division, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; or e-mail email@example.com.
Angelin Chang, E.G. Conference.com
Angelin Chang won the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Performance with Orchestra. She is recognized for her poetry and technical brilliance and has performed in major concert halls on five continents. She has studied at Peabody, the Paris Conservatoire, Ball State University and Interlochen under teachers including Michel Béroff, Marie-Francoise Bucquet, Veda Kaplinsky, Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen, Menahem Pressler, Dorothy Taubman and others. Angelin currently is head of keyboard studies and professor of piano at Cleveland State University.
葛萊美獨奏獎得主 張安麟 為川震義演
此項義演由克利夫蘭世界事務協會（Cleveland Council on World Affairs）、克利夫蘭州立大學（CSU）、英商提納公司（Tenax Corporation）以及克城老實人報發行人共同主辦。
這 場以20萬美金為募款目標的義演，出席者相當踴躍，大家也紛紛慷慨解囊，主辦單位表示，善款將直接交給中國紅十字會，作為四川地震賑災和重建之用，提供 醫療照顧及物資。張安麟表示，去年底她訪問中國時，特地訪問蒙西市的姊妹市德陽及成都，並參觀了都江堰和臥龍熊貓保育園，所以她對此次四川受地震災害，感 到難過，因此籌辦這次義演賑災。
- World Journal (Jun 15, 2008)
Liszt, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin works
Angelin Chang, piano
Cleveland State University's Grammy-winning faculty pianist takes up central works of the keyboard canon on her new solo disc. Angelin Chang brings bold, crystalline artistry to Liszt transcriptions of music by Schubert and Bach. In pieces by Schumann and Mendelssohn, she phrases with natural urgency and tames every pianistic beast before her. Chopin's Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60, emerges not as sentimental miniature, but as a score in which logic and feeling are vividly balanced. Grade: A
Donald Rosenberg - The Plain Dealer (Dec 13, 2007)
Cleveland’s Grammy-winning pianist, CSU professor Angelin Chang has a new solo piano CD available, just in time for holiday giving! It’s spectacular, and would be a welcome addition to the music library of anyone who enjoys great piano music played in the grand style! (Or an inspiration to any young piano student you might know!)
Ms. Chang is a joy to watch in performance, because she exudes a very satisfying visual effect of ‘poetry in motion’. On this CD, you can hear the poetry in the music she’s chosen to perform—great romantic standards of the 1800s by the acknowledged masters of that art: Liszt, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Chopin.
Her interpretations are flawless...she’s a very warm, and extremely human artist, not a robot. Listen for the little ritards or accelerandos to become aware of this for yourself.
I don’t think you could ever get tired of listening to this CD, as each time you’ll hear something new in the music.
Kelly Ferjutz - CoolCleveland.com (Dec 19, 2007)
美 籍华裔女钢琴家张安麟选择在上海度过她今年的最后两星期，上海川沙是她母亲的故乡。这段时间里，她除了造访东方艺术中心和上海大剧院，几乎远离音乐，只 是陪伴父亲张德光——８２岁的著名华裔国际政治学家，旅游、探亲访友和品尝美食。她用这种方式惜别２００７年——一个对她而言具有里程碑意义的丰收年—— 今年２月，张安麟获得第４９届格莱美最佳乐器独奏奖，这是继大提琴家马友友之后第二位问鼎格莱美的华人音乐家。在上海逗留期间，张安麟接受了本刊记者的独 家专访。
今年３６岁的张安麟的英文名字叫Ａｎｇｅｌｉｎ，是天使的意思，这位钢琴天使看上去不像一个明 星，她身材微胖，确实像画中的天使。她性格安静，微微一笑柔 情似水，讲话更是轻声细语，似乎不太擅长用语言讲述自己的成功故事，当然这或许也与她出生于美国中文不太流利有关。倒是她坐在一旁的父亲常常插话，言谈中 充满着自豪，“早在１９８５年，李斯特的传人、著名钢琴演奏家爱德华·普爱乐听了当时只有十来岁的安麟的演奏后惊叹：‘她将来不只是普通的音乐家，她将成 为主流音乐的传人。’”
全球最具影响力的音乐大奖之一，素有“音乐奥斯卡”美誉的格莱美印证了爱德华的预言。这个囊括３１个音乐领域包 含１００多个奖项的音乐盛典，每年都会吸引 全球数亿乐迷的关注，是无数音乐人心中的皇冠。这些年来，华人音乐家的身影频频亮相格莱美，除了马友友、张安麟之外，作曲家谭盾、大提琴家王健、小提琴家 林昭亮、指挥家汤沐海、声乐家戴玉强、台湾唱片封面设计大师萧青阳、国内歌唱家宋祖英都曾出现在提名或入围名单里，明年的悬念是郎朗，这位年轻的天才钢琴 家已入围第５０届格莱美最佳器乐独奏奖，与张安麟同属一个奖项。不过，很多人怀疑格莱美是否真的会把同一个奖项连续两年颁给亚裔人，因为格莱美时不时被人 指责保守、排外、妄自尊大。
对于这次获奖，身边所有人都比张安麟本人更加兴奋：很少有不是出身于音乐世家的人能成为世界级古典音乐家， 这使她的父母倍感骄傲，这当然也是全球华人的骄 傲，而美国人张安麟战胜了另外４位欧洲入围音乐家这点，同样使美国感到欣慰。至于她所在的州和大学更是欢欣鼓舞，州长第一时间发来了贺信，克里夫兰大学更 是把她当成招生广告：“请问，美国还有哪所大学有获得格莱美奖的教授吗？”克里夫兰市毗邻风景名胜区“五大湖”，风光旖旎，并拥有源远流长的古典音乐传 统，被誉为“音乐之城”，克里夫兰交响乐团是美国五大交响乐团之一，现在那里又增加了一道新风景。
现 任美国俄亥俄州克里夫兰大学钢琴系主任、终身教授的张安麟，与其他职业演奏家不同，她首先是个学者。她的音乐成就既得益于天赋，又和她长期积累的深厚的 音乐研究功底密切相关，她把古典音乐当作一门学科、一个事件和一种自然现象加以研究，用电脑等现代化手段进行分析、破解，试图解开作曲家的创作动机及其魅 力永存之谜，对张安麟来说，研究和教学是她的本职工作，而演奏只是其研究成果的展示。事实上，这次格莱美的获奖作品《异国鸟歌》，就是张安麟多年潜心研究 的重要成果。
《异国鸟歌》是一部奇特的作品，出自被誉为２０世纪最伟大的音乐家之一的法国作曲家奥利维·梅西安之手。梅西安是位非常专 业的鸟类观察家，他在上世纪５０ 年代用五线谱记录下来的各种鸟鸣声，张安麟用电脑声谱与真正的鸟鸣声加以对照分析后发现，两者竟然几乎完全一致。张安麟说：“在他的音乐世界里，鸟儿们都 是活生生的，它们或飞行或栖息。那里的鸟鸣声不是被抽离的摹仿。”张安麟的博士论文题目就是“梅西安鸟歌研究”。当梅西安的雨燕、鲱鸥、蓝岩画眉、百灵们 在张安麟的钢琴上婉转鸣唱时，１万多名格莱美评委被征服了。所以，对张安麟来说，这座格莱美奖也是犒赏她音乐研究的诺贝尔奖。
张 安麟惊人的天赋和执著的求知欲感动过不少曾指引她的名师。张安麟曾拜师美国朱莉娅音乐学院的一名著名教授，他每小时收费１５０美元，这超出了当时她家的 承受能力，于是跟那位教授商量，是否每次就教一刻钟。张安麟回忆说：“结果，超出一刻钟了，他还在往下教，而我就像坐在出租车上遇到堵车一样，急得不得 了，尽想着钱的事。最后他上了整整三小时的课，却说你就给一小时的钱吧，不过千万别对别人说。现在我可以说了，因为他已去世了。”
张安麟 当年在数百名考生中以第一名成绩考入美国印第安纳州博尔大学音乐系，取得该校音乐学士，后来又在印第安纳大学获得音乐硕士学位，在约翰·霍普金斯大 学获得音乐博士学位。其间她还留学巴黎音乐学院，她的老师就是奥利维·梅西安的太太，人称“法国最懂音乐”的女人。一次，当梅西安在家中从头至尾全神贯注 地听完张安麟的演奏后，对妻子说：“你有一位天才学生。”
如今，张安麟经常担任众多国际音乐赛事的评委，但她对音乐比赛的看法与众不 同。“其实，我觉得音乐不是田径项目，是不能比的。比赛对一些新人来说只是冒出 来的机会，如此而已，但不是公平的，第一名不一定是最好的，每个评委的口味、标准相差很大，胜者往往是妥协、平衡的结果。”作为一个教授和评委，张安麟对 年轻音乐演奏者的忠告是，要创造，不要只一味模仿，要注意音乐的本质，而不是仅仅在技巧上下功夫，就像写诗，有的诗很华丽，语法都正确，却不是好诗，有些 诗语法不都正确，很朴素、很天真，但非常动人，是伟大的作品。