Sarah Chang

Biography

Born: December 10, 1980; Philadelphia, PA  
An American violinist of Korean heritage, Sarah Chang was already a celebrity as a prepubescent soloist; unlike many child prodigies, she made the transition to adulthood painlessly, and remains a high-profile soloist on the international circuit.

She began performing in public at age 5; within two years, she had won the Starling scholarship to the Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. At age 8, after
Read more only two years of study at Juilliard during which she still regarded playing the violin as a hobby, she auditioned for conductors Zubin Mehta and Riccardo Muti and bowled them over. She made her professional debut in 1988 performing Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 with Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. Soon she found herself playing Paganini, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius concertos with the world's greatest orchestras, with an EMI recording contract tucked into her frock. Initial features and reviews focused on the incongruity of such technical virtuosity coming from a cute little girl, and coverage during her teen years was similarly half awed, half patronizing.

As she approached her twenties, Chang began to enjoy more serious critical appraisal. One critic summarized her attributes as "consummate technical ease, a gorgeous, vibrant, flawlessly beautiful tone, and a heartfelt but unsentimental expressiveness." Conversely, some of her performances of Romantic repertory were sometimes criticized for being slightly emotionally disengaged.

Chang quickly became associated with concertos of not only Paganini but also Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Sibelius. She also advocated not-quite-standard concertos by Goldmark, Strauss, and Dvorák. But not until she was nearly 20 did Chang begin exploring chamber music with any frequency, initially playing in small festivals but also recording with other high-profile soloists on the EMI roster.

Less apparent from her discography is her interest in contemporary music. She has worked on new pieces with jazzman Eddie Karam, as well as Jack Elliott and Korean-American composer Donald Sur.

One area in which Chang has been slow to develop self-confidence is teaching. Feeling she was too young to be a credible authority, she didn't give her first master class until she was 22, and that was hidden away in Singapore. After that, she embarked on a small-scale series of recitals and educational events for rural and underserved populations in the United States.

Chang plays a 1717 Guarneri del Gesù; reluctant to expose it to hot lights, she uses a cheap but attractive stand-in violin for publicity photos. Read less

Biography

Born: December 10, 1980; Philadelphia, PA  
An American violinist of Korean heritage, Sarah Chang was already a celebrity as a prepubescent soloist; unlike many child prodigies, she made the transition to adulthood painlessly, and remains a high-profile soloist on the international circuit.

She began performing in public at age 5; within two years, she had won the Starling scholarship to the Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. At age 8, after
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WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor Op.26: Vorspiel (Allegro Moderato)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor Op.26: Adagio
Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor Op.26: Finale (Allegro Energico)
Violin Concerto in D Op.77: I: Allegro non troppo
Violin Concerto in D Op.77: II: Adagio
Violin Concerto in D Op.77: III: Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo vivace - poco più presto
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 28: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 28: II. Andante
Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 28: III. Moderato - Allegretto
Violin Sonata in A: I. Allegretto ben moderato
Violin Sonata in A: II. Allegro
Violin Sonata in A: III. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato)
Violin Sonata in A: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op.75: Allegro agitato
Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op.75: Adagio
Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op.75: Allegro moderato
Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op.75: Allegro molto
Violin Sonata: Allegretto
Violin Sonata: Blues: Moderato
Violin Sonata: Perpetuum mobile - Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 1 in E (La primavera/Spring) RV 269 (Op.8 No. 1): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): II. Adagio
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (L'estate/Summer) RV 315 (Op.8 No. 2): III. Presto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): I. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): II. Adagio molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 3 in F (L'autunno/Autumn) RV 293 (Op.8 No. 3): III. Allegro
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): I. Allegro non molto
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): II. Largo
The Four Seasons, Op.8, Concerto No. 4 in F Minor (L'inverno/Winter) RV 297 (Op.8 No. 4): III. Allegro
Concerto in G Minor, RV 317 (Op.12 No.1): I. Allegro
Concerto in G Minor, RV 317 (Op.12 No.1): II. Largo
Concerto in G Minor, RV 317 (Op.12 No.1): III. Allegro
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 99: Nocturne
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 99: Scherzo
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 99: Passacaglia
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 99: Cadenza
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op. 99: Burlesque
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op. 19: Andantino
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op. 19: Scherzo
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Op. 19: Moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: I. Allegretto ben moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: II. Allegro
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: III. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato)
Sonata for Violin and Piano in A: IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 75: Allegro agitato
Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 75: Adagio
Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 75: Allegro moderato
Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 75: Allegro molto
Sonata for Violin and Piano: Allegretto
Sonata for Violin and Piano: Blues: Moderato
Sonata for Violin and Piano: Perpetuum mobile - Allegro
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): I. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): II. Adagio ma non troppo
Violin Concerto in A minor B108 (Op. 53): III. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo)
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): I. Allegro ma non tanto
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): II. Dumka (Andante con moto)
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivace
Piano Quintet in A major B155 (Op. 81): IV. Finale (Allegro)
Souvenir de Florence, Op.70: I. Allegro con spirito
Souvenir de Florence, Op.70: II. Adagio cantabile e con moto
Souvenir de Florence, Op.70: III. Allegretto moderato
Souvenir de Florence, Op.70: IV. Allegro vivace
Sextet, Op.48: I. Allegro moderato
Sextet, Op.48: II. Dumka (elegie) poco allegretto
Sextet, Op.48: III. Furiant presto
Sextet, Op.48: IV. Finale tema con variazioni
Violin Concerto Op. 8 in D minor: I. Allegro
Violin Concerto Op. 8 in D minor: II. Lento, ma non troppo
Violin Concerto Op. 8 in D minor: III. Rondo. Presto
Violin Sonata Op. 18 in E flat Major: I Allegro, ma non troppo
Violin Sonata Op. 18 in E flat Major: II Improvisation. Andante cantabile
Violin Sonata Op. 18 in E flat Major: III Finale. Andante - Allegro
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: First movement - Allegro molto appassionato
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Second movement - Andante - Allegretto non troppo
Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64: Third movement - Allegro molto vivace
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: First movement - Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: Second movement - Adagio di molto
Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47: Third movement - Allegro ma non tanto
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: I. Allegro non troppo
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: II. Scherzando (Allegro molto)
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: III. Intermezzo (Allegretto non troppo)
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: IV. Andante
Symphonie espagnole Op. 21: V. Rondo (Allegro)
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35: I. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35: II. Canzonetta (Andante)
Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35: III. Finale (Allegro vivacissimo)


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