Angelin Chang is an internationally acclaimed pianist, who has been recognized for her technical and poetic brilliance. She became the first American female and the first pianist of Asian descent to be awarded the Grammy for the Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra, for her recording of Oliver Messiaen’s Oiseaux Exotiques (Exotic Birds) with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, conducted by John McLaughlin Williams. Her first thoughts after winning the Grammy was “Oh my goodness, this is so exciting! It actually happened! Oh, what am I going to say now?”
Her debut performance as a piano soloist was at the age of 12 with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra. She is the first American awarded the Premier Prix Piano and Premier Prix Musique de Chambre in the same year from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Her concerts her held worldwide making her the first Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C and the first Academic Performing Artist for Yamaha Corporation of America.
Dr. Chang was born in Muncie, Indiana where she attended the Burris Laboratory School and received highest honours from Interlochen Arts Academy. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Arts(French) from Ball State University, and Master of Music along with a Distinguished Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University. Dr. Chang further pursued her studies by earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Peabody Conservatory, at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Currently Dr. Angelin Chang is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Cleveland State University and the Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. She also serves on the faculty of the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy. Previously, Dr. Chang was on the piano faculty at Rutgers University.
She is an active chamber musician and performs frequently with legendary violinist Joseph de Pasquale, the de Pasquale String Quartet and also with members of the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestra respectively. Her work with Taubman Approach and Keyboard Wellness Seminars creates awareness amongst pianists to develop virtuosity and overcome fatigue, pain and injury. She has participated in the development and launching of the Arts for Everyone initiative. She has also performed at the U.S. Department of State, for the United Nations Women's Organization in Nepal and for World AIDS Day in New York for the United Nations before the Secretary-General.
She is known to display a very sensitive yet authoritative and a very poetic style while performing. She is able to capture the various moods of music, distilling them all into a musical essence which is not forgotten thus providing an incredible listening experience.
Recently she has been elected as the Vice President, Board of Governors of The Recording Academy Chicago Chapter (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) and serves as Chair of the Education Committee and the Classical Task Force. She is Past President of the Ohio Music Teachers Association Northeast District and has served on the Board of Trustees for the Great Lakes Theater.