Hyoung-Joon Chang

South Korea


Since his debut with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the age 16, when he performed Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Korean born pianist Hyoung-Joon Chang has worked with many eminent conductors including Walter Hendl, Tadaaki Otaka, Thomas Sanderling and Paul Freeman. Chang has also collaborated with world-renowned orchestras such as the London Philharmonic at the Barbican Centre, the Tokyo Philharmonic at the Tokyo Culture Center, the Symphony Orchestra of Russia, the Czech National Symphony, the Osaka Symphony at the Osaka Symphony Hall, the Victoria Symphony, and the Chautauqua Symphony during its summer music festival. Chang was the soloist for the Korean premiere of Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Vaughn Williams and Rainy Day for the Piano and the Orchestra by Kang-Yul Lee, the latter winning the 2004 Art Award of the Year in Korea. In addition, Chang has given acclaimed solo recitals on international stages in Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, and Korea.

Chang received his doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with legendary American pianists Earl Wild and Constance Keene. He also often played for the late Abram Chasins. He has been a jury member of the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, as well as in Shanghai and Dresden, and many of his students have won major and special prizes from compeitions in Dublin, Cleveland, Shanghai, Jakarta, Madrid and the Jacob Flier Competition. He has taught master classes at leading schools around the world, including the Eastman School of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Royal College of Music, the Royal Scottish Academy, and the Dresden and Mannheim Hochschule. He has been a Professor of Piano at Seoul National University since 1995. He currently serves as the Organizing Director of the Seoul National University International Piano Academy in Seoul, Korea. An active and popular recording artist, Chang has recorded diverse piano concertos ranging from Mozart, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky to Gershwin and Schnittke, with labels such as Pro Arte, Warner Music and Genuin.