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Sarah Chang

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 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.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Debut

1. Concert Fantasy On Carmen, Op.25: Introduction: Allegro Moderato

2. Concert Fantasy On Carmen, Op.25: I. Moderato

3. Concert Fantasy On Carmen, Op.25: II. Lento Assai

4. Concert Fantasy On Carmen, Op.25: III. Allegro Moderato

5. Concert Fantasy On Carmen, Op.25: IV. Moderato

6. Salut D'amour Op.12

7. La Capricieuse, Op. 17

8. Sabre Dance (From Gayane)

9. Tempo Di Minuetto (In The Style Of Pugnani)

10. Caprice No. 1 In E. Op. 1

11. Caprice No. 15 In E Minor. Op. 1

12. Nocturne No. 20 In C Sharp Minor. Op. Post.

13. Prelude No. 10 In C Sharp Minor, Op. 34

14. Prelude No. 15 In D, Op. 34

15. Consolation No. 3 In D Flat

16. Melody In E Flat, Op. 42/No. 3

17. March (From The Love For Three Oranges)

18. It Ain't Necessarily So (From Porgy And Bess)

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Track List: Bruch/Brahms: Violin Concertos

1. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26: I. Vorspiel (Allegro moderato)

2. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26: II. Adagio

3. Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 26: III. Finale (Allegro energico)

4. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: I. Allegro non troppo

5. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: II. Adagio

6. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77: III. Allegro giocoso ma non troppo vivace

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Track List: Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

1. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in E Major Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269, "Spring": I. Allegro

2. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in E Major Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269, "Spring": II. Largo

3. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in E Major Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269, "Spring": III. Allegro

4. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in G Minor Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315, "Summer": I. Allegro non molto

5. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in G Minor Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315, "Summer": II. Adagio

6. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in G Minor Op. 8 No. 2, RV 315, "Summer": III. Presto

7. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in F Major Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293, "Autumn": I. Allegro (Ballo e canto de" Villanelli)

8. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in F Major Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293, "Autumn": II. Adagio molto

9. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in F Major Op. 8 No. 3, RV 293, "Autumn": III. Allegro

10. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in F Minor Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297, "Winter": I. Allegro non moltolto

11. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in F Minor Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297, "Winter": II. Largo

12. Vivaldi: Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons), Violin Concerto in F Minor Op. 8 No. 4, RV 297, "Winter": III. Allegro

13. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, RV 317 (from "6 Concerti", Op. 12): I. Allegro

14. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, RV 317 (from "6 Concerti", Op. 12): II. Largo

15. Vivaldi: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, RV 317 (from "6 Concerti", Op. 12): III. Allegro

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Track List: Lloyd Webber: Phantasia/The Woman In White Suite

1. Webber: Phantasia (Based On "The Phantom Of The Opera") (Feat. Julian Lloyd Webber)

2. Webber: The Woman In White Suite

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Track List: Franck: Violin Sonata - Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No.1 - Ravel: Violin Sonata

1. Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: I. Allegretto ben moderato

2. Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: II. Allegro

3. Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: III. Recitativo - Fantasia (Ben moderato)

4. Franck: Violin Sonata in A Major, FWV 8: IV. Allegretto poco mosso

5. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: I. Allegro agitato

6. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: II. Adagio

7. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: III. Allegro moderato

8. Saint-Saëns: Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 75: IV. Allegro molto

9. Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77: I. Allegretto

10. Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77: II. Blues - Moderato

11. Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, M. 77: III. Perpetuum mobile - Allegro

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Track List: Dvorák: Violin Concerto - Piano Quintet

1. Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 108: I. Allegro ma non troppo - Quasi moderato (feat. Sir Colin Davis)

2. Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 108: II. Adagio ma non troppo (feat. Sir Colin Davis)

3. Dvorák: Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53, B. 108: III. Finale (Allegro giocoso, ma non troppo) (feat. Sir Colin Davis)

4. Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B.155: I. Allegro ma non tanto

5. Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155: II. Dumka (Andante con moto)

6. Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155: III. Scherzo (Furiant). Molto vivace

7. Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, B. 155: IV. Finale (Allegro)

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Track List: Fire & Ice

Composer: Pablo de Sarasate
Title: Concert Fantasy On Themes From Bizet's "Carmen," For Violin & Orchestra (Or Piano), Op 25
Composer: Jules Massenet
Title: Méditation, For Violin & Orchestra (Or Other Arrangement) (From Opera "Thaïs")
Composer: Maurice Ravel
Title: Tzigane, Rhapsodie De Concert, For Violin & Piano (Or Orchestra)
Composer: Antonin Dvorák
Title: Romance For Violin & Orchestra In F Minor (Arr. From Andante Of Str Qrt No. 5), B. 39 (Op. 11)
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Title: Romance For Violin & Orchestra No. 2 In F Major, Op. 50
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Orchestral Suite No. 3 In D Major, Bwv 1068
Composer: Pablo de Sarasate
Title: Zigeunerweisen, For Violin & Piano (Or Orchestra) ("Gypsy Airs"), Op. 20
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Track List: Strauss: Violin Concerto

1. Violin Concerto Op. 8 In D Minor: I. Allegro

2. Violin Concerto Op. 8 In D Minor: II. Lento, Ma Non Troppo

3. Violin Concerto Op. 8 In D Minor: III. Rondo. Presto

4. Violin Sonata Op. 18 In E Flat Major: I Allegro, Ma Non Troppo

5. Violin Sonata Op. 18 In E Flat Major: II Improvisation. Andante Cantabile

6. Violin Sonata Op. 18 In E Flat Major: III Finale. Andante - Allegro

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Track List: Sweet Sorrow

Composer: Tommaso Antonio Vitali
Title: Chaconne For Violin & Continuo In G Minor (spurious)

1. Chaconne For Violin & Continuo In G Minor (spurious): Chaconne

Composer: Christoph Willibald Gluck
Title: Dance Of The Blessed Spirits (Melody), Arrangement (From "Orfeo Ed Euridice")
Composer: Johannes Brahms
Title: Hungarian Dance For Piano, 4 Hands, In G Minor, Woo 1/1
Composer: Edouard Lalo
Title: Symphonie Espagnole, For Violin And Orchestra In D Minor, Op. 21
Composer: Henri Vieuxtemps
Title: Violin Concerto No. 5 In A Minor ("Grétry"), Op. 37
Composer: Niccolò Paganini
Title: Sonata For Violin & Guitar In E Minor, Op. 3/6, MS 27/6
Title: Cantabile, For Violin & Piano (Or Guitar) In D Major, (Ms 109)
Composer: Jean Sibelius
Title: Belshazzar's Feast (Belsazars Gästabud), Suite For Orchestra (Or Piano), Op. 51
Composer: Fryderyk Chopin
Title: Nocturne For Piano No. 20 In C Sharp Minor, Kk Iva/16, Ct. 127 (B. 49)
Composer: Franz Liszt
Title: Consolation, For Piano No. 3 In D Flat Major "Lento Placido", S. 172/3 (Lw A111a/2/2)
Composer: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Title: Violin Concerto In D Major, Op. 35
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Title: Introduction And Rondo Capriccioso, For Violin & Orchestra In A Minor, Op. 28
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Track List: Sibelius & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos

1. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: I. Allegro molto appassionato (feat. Berliner Philharmoniker)

2. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: II. Andante - Allegretto non troppo (feat. Mariss Jansons)

3. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64: III. Allegro molto vivace (feat. Mariss Jansons)

4. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47: I. Allegro moderato (feat. Mariss Jansons)

5. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47: II. Adagio di molto (feat. Mariss Jansons)

6. Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47: III. Allegro ma non tanto (feat. Mariss Jansons)

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Track List: Simply Sarah

1. The Dance Of The Goblins. Op. 25

2. Cantabile In D Major

3. Introduction And Tarantella Op. 43

4. Waltz-Scherzo, Op. 34

5. Berceuse Op. 16

6. Hora Staccato (Rournmian)

7. Masks (From Romeo And Juliet)

8. Sonata No. 12 In E Minor, Op. 3

9. On The Wings Of Song Op. 34 No. 2

10. Sonata Movement (Sonatensatz) Op. Posth.

11. Melodie

12. Banjo And Fiddle

13. Nocturne, Op. 51, No. 3

14. Zapateado Op. 23

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cdokken7
Sarah, what an incredible inspiration you are. I am so grateful to listen to your spectacular music on Pandora. When I read your biography I was so revivified by the account of how you were playing publicly at 5 yrs. old & admitted to Juilliard at 8. What a Gift you are, & such a pleasure to listen to.
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Sarah you are truly an inspiring violinist! You make me love the violin even more and push me a lot farther on the violin! You are amazing! Omg!!!
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cdokken7
Incredible
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mira.halpert
Another Stulberg Competition winner!!!!
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gracie400
amazing...Sa r a h Chang. you're my inspiration! I'm a 14 year old violinist and thank you for teaching me to appreciate music
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jjdoggys
A story appears in my head of a king who dies from an evil man and his family is in mourning. The son goes out to avenge his father.
This song touches my heart and puts stories in my head. Few songs do that.
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One of the finest young violinists playing today.
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amydunkelman
brings tears to my eyes...the beauty of this music is stunning
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vougecosmo
Just...wow!

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