. . . Hsia-Jung Chang's touch, her own personal atmosphere of artistry and musical honesty. I compare her more readily to yesterday's pianists, in a good sense, like Moriz Rosentahl, Ignaz Friedman or even Emil von Sauer, than to contemporary players.
- Swedish critic Ingvar Loco Nordin
Hsia-Jung Chang is a distinctive and important new voice in the annals of pianism: I'll be watching her with keen anticipation.
- New York Critic Harris Goldsmith
Pianist/composer Hsia-Jung Chang has been featured live on radio and television, on KUHT, KAMU, Danish National radio, Taiwan TV and radio, and on Indian TV. In 2002 Chang started the independent record label Mandala Studio with her mother Ho Lan, and her sister, singer/pianist/Grammy-nominated recording engineer Hsi-Ling Chang. Since then the three artists have combined their talents to produce first-rate recordings and mind-bending music videos. Chang has recorded close to 60 works by Frédéric Chopin. These recordings have been showcased on Reflections from the Keyboard with David Dubal on WQXR, As It Happens on CBC Radio, in WJFF and WKCR radio interviews, The Piano Bench with Verne Windham of KPBX, and numerous other radio stations. Of Chang’s recording of Debussy, critic Marvin J. Ward of CVNC writes, "Hsia-Jung Chang channels Debussy. . . this recording easily places itself among the best interpretations, those that serve as benchmarks for Debussy's sound world..." Chang’s composition album Inside the Piano – 21st Century Improvisations, makes use of the piano in unconventional ways, producing sublime and sometimes harrowing soundscapes using the strings and resonating surfaces inside the piano. This innovative recording has become a favorite of Experimental DJ's across the US. It was featured in an hour-long interview as part of the New York Alive series on WKCR. All of Mandala Studio's recordings are available on CDBaby.com and on iTunes.
Chang’s musical training began with her famous mother, composer/yodeler/guitarist/TV personality Ho Lan, whose musical repertoire ranged from Taiwanese folk songs to flamenco, to her own guitar transcriptions of Chopin. As a child, Chang was enrolled in a special class for musically gifted children at the Kwang Ren Conservatory of Taiwan. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of Houston and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her piano teachers include Mary Toy, Nelita True, Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon, and Constance Keene. In addition, she has participated in masterclasses with Anton Kuerti, Christoph Eschenbach, Ilana Vered, Seymour Bernstein, and Kenneth Cooper, and received coachings from noted musicians such as Anthony Elliot, Elena Nikolaidi, and Kenneth Goldsmith.
Chang’s witty lectures on music has delighted and inspired audiences of all ages. She was invited to be guest lecturer/recitalist at the Manhattan School of Music, Duke University, Prince George's Community College, College of the Mainland, Friends University, Shengyang Music Conservatory and Dong Bei University of China, Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, and the Spokane Symphony. She also performed in Metropolitan Opera Guild Outreach programs which introduced opera to children in schools of the greater New York area. Chang has been the Music Director of Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church since 2008. She resides in New York City where she is frequently heard on the Piano Lunch Series