Tao Chang began to study piano at the age of nine. He was the first Asian to win the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition and the first winner of the J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition. Chang has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, France, Austria, Hungary, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, China, Brazil, Portugal, as well as the United States. In the fall of 1998, he played three debut recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. He has made concerto appearances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Chang’s performance have been broadcast in radio and television stations across the globe. His first CD, Tao Chang in Concert, was recorded live and released under VMF label.
In addition to a performing career, Chang maintains an active teaching schedule, which includes giving master classes and serving as visiting artist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Prior to his work at Azusa Pacific University, Chang served as associate faculty at Irvine Valley College, as well as the artist/teacher at the International Institute for Young Musicians Academy. He joined the APU music faculty in 2006.
DMA in Piano Performance, University of Kansas, 2003
M.M. in Piano Performance, University of Kansas, 1998
Advanced Diploma in Piano Performance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, 1992
- School of Music
- Undergraduate Programs
- Graduate Programs
- Chamber Music
- Piano Performance
Professional Involvement and Accomplishments
First Prize, The 12th Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition, July 1997
First Prize, The 3rd J. N. Hummel International Piano Competition, June 1996