Bio

Sebastian Chang

Sebastian Chang is a teacher, pianist and a freelance composer. He is recipient of three BMI Student Composer Awards and five ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. His compositions have been performed all throughout the United States. The Philadelphia, Detroit, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestras are a few of the ensembles that have performed his works. He is at home writing, producing, recording, and performing in a variety of styles, genres, and settings.

Sebastian Chang has been passionate about music since early childhood and has been working as a freelance composer and pianist ever since. His first major performance was of his own composition “Concertino for Piano and Orchestra” with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, when he was 9 years old.

Since attending USC’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, Sebastian has added a working digital music recording and production rig to his classical sensibility, giving him the versatility and know-how to record, mix, and produce in-house.

Awards / Honors / Scholarships

Piano

  1. Biennial Liszt Piano Competition, 1st place
  2. Young Pianist Competition at the Annual Southwestern Youth Music Festival, 2nd place
  3. Annual Southern California Junior Bach Festival, 2X gold medal winner

Composition

  1. Boston College New Music Natalie & Murray S. Katz Young Composers Competition,
    Winner
  2. New York Art Ensemble Composer Competition Winner, 2004
  3. 3x - BMI Student Composer Award Winner 2007, 2005 & 2002
  4. 3x - 1st Place Music Teachers National Association
    Student Composition Competition,
    2005, 2002 & 2000
  5. 5x - 1st Place ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould
    Young Composers Award,
    2006, 2005, 2004, 2002 & 2001
  6. Recipient of the Davidson Fellow Laureate Scholarship, $50,000 awarded by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development

Education

  1. Curtis Institute of Music Bachelor of Music in Composition
    2004 - 2007
  2. University of Southern California Masters of Music Composition
    2008 - 2010

Press

  1. "Pianist-composer Sebastian Chang played six of his twelve Etudes for Piano...performing with no score and lights lowered, it was easy to imagine that Chang was freely improvising his six intricate miniatures, which summoned in equal measure impressions of Debussy, Prokofiev, Nancarrow and Keith Jarrett...Someone should pass along Chang's e-mail address to Lang Lang, quick."
    - Steve Smith, The Boston Globe

Compositions

Recent Performances

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Hummingbirds

GardenMusic Festival
Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden
Miami, FL
January 2014

Dectet

GardenMusic Festival
Fairchild Gardens
Miami, FL
March 2012

Sextet

GardenMusic Festival
Fairchild Gardens
Miami, FL
March 2012

String Quartet

Ramo Hall
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
March 2010

Shining World

Ramo Hall
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
March 2010

Empty Spaces

Ramo Hall
University of California
Los Angeles, CA
March 2010

Desert Run

Verizon Hall
Philadelphia, PA
November 2006

Upcoming Performances

Composer
January 29-30, 2015
Symphony to be premiered by the Louisville Orchestra. Composer-in-residence at 2015 GardenMusic Festival, Miami, FL. Premieres of new works.
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Pianist
May 23, 2015
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin with the Asia America Youth Symphony Orchestra, at the James Armstrong Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
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Please contact Sebastian
at sebastianchang@hotmail.com