Lynn Chang

Lynn ChangLecturer, Violin

A top prizewinner of the International Paganini Competition in Genoa Italy, violinist Lynn Chang has enjoyed an active and versatile international career as soloist, chamber musician, and educator for over thirty years.

A native of Boston, Mr. Chang began his violin study at the age of seven with Sarah Scriven and Boston Symphony Orchestra violinist Alfred Krips.  He continued his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian, and then went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Harvard University.  His former students now perform in such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York. His former student, Joseph Lin, will become the new first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet in the Fall of 2011.

For twenty five years Lynn Chang performed as a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society.  He has also appeared at the Wolf Trap, Great Woods, Marlboro, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, and as soloist with orchestras in Miami, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Seattle, Honolulu, Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong.  He has performed with members of the Juilliard, Tokyo, Cleveland, Vermeer, Muir, and Orion String Quartets

Mr. Chang has collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on numerous occasions.  Their performance of Leon Kirchner’s “Tryptich” has been recorded for Sony Classical.  Their world premiere performance of Ivan Tcherepnin”s Double Concerto with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony   Orchestra received the Grawmeyer Award for best new composition in 1995.  In 2004 he participated in Ma’s Silk Road Project residency at the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts.  He also collaborated with Dawn Upshaw on her Grammy Award winning CD, “Girl with the Orange Lips”.

In 2001 Mr. Chang was honored with the first Distinguished Leadership Award from the Institute for Asian American Studies of the University of Massachusetts Boston for his achievements as educator and musician.  In June 2008 he was elected to the Board of Overseers of Harvard University.