Tao Chang, DMA

Applied Instructor, Piano Studies

Phone: (626) 815-3848
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Tao Chang, DMA, began to study piano at age 9. 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, and 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 performances have been broadcast on radio and television stations across the globe. His first CD, Tao Chang in Concert, was recorded live and released under the VMF label. In addition to his performing career, Chang maintains an active teaching schedule, which includes giving master classes and serving as visiting the artist at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Prior to his work at APU, Chang served as associate faculty at Irvine Valley College, as well as artist/teacher at the International Institute for Young Musicians Academy. He joined the APU music faculty in 2006.


  • DMA, Piano Performance, University of Kansas
  • M.M., Piano Performance, University of Kansas
  • Advanced Diploma in Piano Performance, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts

Academic Areas

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)
    • Undergraduate Programs
    • Graduate Programs


  • Chamber Music
  • Piano Performance