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My Music

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Listen to a sample of my music, played with the Guzheng Chinese Instrument.

Biography

Photo of Jennifer Chang

The exotic East immediately envelopes the audience when Jennifer Chang and her guzheng, the 21-string Chinese zither, take the stage.

As a guzheng soloist and master, Jennifer Chang is in demand around the world as a teacher and performer.  In addition to solo appearances in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, she has performed as the soloist for the Emperor of Japan and for former President Bill Clinton.  Ms. Chang studied with grand masters for traditional Chinese music and guzheng performance in China.  Since moving to the U. S. in 2001, she has been in great demand as an instructor and performer.   She has appeared as soloist frequently with the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra premiering works such as “ Voices of Asia and the Pacific,” “Creatures – Scenes & Fairytales,” “Around the World,” and “China Dream – Tradition & Technology.”  During the 2007 season, Ms. Chang was featured as a soloist performing Chinese composer Zhanhao He’s Butterfly Lovers Concerto with the North Carolina Symphony under the baton of Grant Llewellyn, lauded as  “one of the season’s most enjoyable concerts” by Roy C. Dicks of the Raleigh News and Observer. Jennifer premiered use of the guzheng to the western ballet world in “Ballet Festival,” created by Robert Weiss, artistic director of Carolina Ballet in 2007.  

In addition, Ms. Chang is an unusually gifted educator.  In school and community concerts she teaches using the Chinese language; she uses quick drawings on a white board, tells highly dramatic stories about wars and dragons and heroes that are then heard in her music – drawing her listeners in to the history and folklore of China, stimulating the listeners' imagination, eliciting eager response from her audience.  

(Jennifer Chang) displays an innate feel for her instrument and is a compelling performer in a wide variety of musical genres. Hers is an exotic instrument and musical world to western educated ear and I can think of no better ambassador for the guzheng on our stages.

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director-North Carolina Symphony, Principal Conductor-Handel and Haydn Society, Associate Conductor-BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Llewellyn quote in full:

"I have worked with Jennifer Chang on a number of projects over the last few years and know her playing as a soloist in recital as well as in concerto with the North Carolina Symphony. She displays an innate feel for her instrument and is a compelling performer in a wide variety of musical genres. Hers is an exotic instrument and musical world to western educated ear and I can think of no better ambassador for the guzheng on our stages. She has a wonderful stage presence and manner which invites the listener to engage and share in her rich musical culture which is increasingly available on the world stage. I certainly plan to give her every opportunity in my sphere of influence and would encourage presenters, promoters and other orchestras to do the same. The music world is indeed global today and our musical institutions can only be enriched by collaborating with artists like Jennifer Chang. I wholeheartedly recommend her to you. 

Yours sincerely, Grant Llewellyn

Music Director-North Carolina Symphony, Principal Conductor-Handel and Haydn Society, Associate Conductor-BBC National Orchestra of Wales"