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, 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.
Chang has appeared at top music festivals such as Marlboro, Tanglewood, Kneisel Hall, Wolf Trap, and Great Woods, and as soloist with orchestras in Boston, Miami, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Seattle, Honolulu, Beijing, Taipei, and Hong Kong.
Chang has collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on numerous occasions. Their performance of Leon Kirchner's Triptych was recorded for Sony Classical. Their world premiere performance of Ivan Tcherepin’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 2011, Chang celebrated his longtime friend Yo-Yo Ma at the Kennedy Center Honors. Onstage with Emanuel Ax, Pamela Frank, and Elmo, Chang delighted luminaries from Meryl Streep to President Obama.
In 2001, 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. A father of two, he lives in Boston with his wife, pediatrician and arts education advocate Dr. Lisa Wong.
Chang is renowned across the world as a leading violin pedagogue. His students include Joseph Lin, first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, Johnny Lee and Akiko Terumoto of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Ala Jojatu of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Chang currently serves on the faculty of New England Conservatory, Boston Conservatory, and Boston University. He also serves as an Affiliated Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an independent teacher for many Harvard College students.
At the Boston Conservatory, he directs the school's premiere string orchestra, Hemenway Strings.