Lynn Chang  張萬, Violinist

A top prizewinner of the International Paganini Competition in Genoa Italy, violinist Lynn Chang has enjoyed an active and versatile international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator for over twenty years.

A native of Boston, Mr. Chang began his violin study at the age of seven with Sarah Scriven and Alfred Krips of the Boston Symphony. He continued his studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Ivan Galamian, then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree from Harvard . He currently serves as faculty member at MIT, Boston University, the Boston Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

For the past 25 years Mr. Chang has been a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society, which can be heard throughout the season in Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre. During the summers, he performs regularly at the Musicorda Music Festival, the Gerhart Music Festival and the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts Summer Music Camp at the Walnut Hill School in Natick. He has also appeared at the Wolf Trap, Great Woods, Marlboro, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, and as soloist with orchestras in Miami, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Seattle, Honolulu, Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong.

In 1995 the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra and their conductor, David Commanday commissioned the late Ivan Tcherepnin to compose a concerto for Mr. Chang and Yo-Yo Ma. The work received the distinguished Grawemeyer Award, and Mr. Chang traveled to Moscow to record it with cellist Alexander Rudin in 1997.

Lynn Chang can also be heard in CD performances with the Boston Chamber Music Society; with Yo-Yo Ma on the Sony “Made in America” CD; with Dawn Upshaw on her Grammy Award winning CD; “The Girl with the Orange Lips;” and on New World Records performing works by William Grant Still.

Last spring Mr. Chang was honored with the first Distinguished Leadership Award from the Institute for Asian American Studies of the University of Massachusetts Boston for his achievements as educator and musician.

Mr. Chang is married to Lisa Wong, a pediatrician. They make their home in Newton, Massachusetts with their two children, Jennifer and Christopher who also play the violin.


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