Sung Chang

September 20, 2017, 12:15 pm

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Sung Chang
Sung Chang

Korean born pianist Sung Chang performs works of J.S. Bach, Fritz Kreisler, Frank Churchill and Vincent Youmans live under the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert.


Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Myra Hess (1890 – 1965)

Twelve Variations on Ah vous dirai-je, Maman, K. 265 (10’)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Selections from Three Old Viennese Dances (10’)
Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962)
arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)

Reminiscences of Snow White (8’)
Frank Churchill (1901 – 1942)
transcr. Earl Wild (1915 – 2010)

Tea for Two (3’)
Vincent Youmans (1898 – 1946)
arr. Art Tatum (1909 – 1956)


Sung Chang, born in Seoul, Korea, began playing piano at the age of three, and gave his debut concert at age five. He became the youngest winner in the Nagoya International Piano Competition in Japan and also received the Chamber Music Special Prize and the Japan Expo Special Prize. He also received first prize in a number of prestigious competitions including, the 7th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition and the Korea International Music Foundation Competition in the US, the Valsesia Musica International Competition, International Piano Competition “Citta Di Caraglio” in Italy, and the International Wettbewerb der Chopin-Gesellschaft Hannover first prize and audience prize in Germany. He is also the winner of the International Schubert Competition for Piano Duo, and has performed in many concerts as a chamber musician. Recently, he was awarded the silver medal, Best Performance of a Work by a Classical Composer and Best Performance of a Work by a Spanish, Latin American or Impressionistic Composer at the 12th San Antonio International Piano Competition.

Chang has expanded his activities by performing in Germany, Italy, Netherland, France, Japan, Taiwan, China, USA and Korea. These include a performance for the Isang Yun Memorial Concert, the North Korea National Orchestra Interaction Concert, the Kumho Rising Star Series Concert and Yamaha Rising Star Concert.

He also performed with many orchestras including the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Kyung-Ki Philharmonic Orchestra, HMTM Hannover Orchestra, Taejon Symphony Orchestra, Wonju Symphony Orchestra and KNUA Symphony Orchestra. Most notably, he has appeared at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles playing the Liszt Concerto No.1 and his recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam which was broadcast live across the country.

Mr. Chang completed his undergraduate studies at the Korea National University of Arts in Korea before he continued his studies at the University of Music Drama and Media Hannover in Germany with Professor Vladimir Krainev and Ewa Kupiec. After successfully completing the Musical Performance and Postgraduate Program courses, he is currently pursuing studies at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music under Professor Jeffrey Kahane.