Pre-College, Violin

TzuTi Daniel Chang is a prize winner of the Taiwan National Music competition, the Seventh Annual Academy of Taiwan Strings Violin Competition, and several other local competitions. He first appeared as a soloist at the age of 13, playing Paganini Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major with orchestras in Kaohsiung. He also performed concertos by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Glazunov with various orchestras.  

Chang started playing the violin at the age of five, and his main teacher was Ray-Chou Chang, the concertmaster of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. Chang has participated in several music festivals, including the Summit Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Great Mountain Music Festival, the Banff Center’s string master classes, Singapore International Violin Festival, and the Hida-Takayama Music Festival. He has worked with world-renowned musicians such as Aaron Rosand, Ilya Kaler, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Victor Danchenko, Alexander Trostiansky, and Takashi Shimizu. 

A graduate of The Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music, Chang is strongly influenced by violinists Lara Lev and Hyo Kang. He has also worked with Stephen Clapp, Joseph Lin, and Daniel Phillips. He has performed in David Geffen Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall as a member of The Juilliard Orchestra. While studying at Yale, he served as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia under the baton of Maestro Peter Oundjian. He was also a teaching artist, working with undergraduate violin students at Yale.  

Chang has given master classes and concerts in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tianjin, and many other cities in China. In 2020, he founded the Trout Quartet, and the quartet has performed in major concert halls in China, such as Tianjin Grand Theater, Beijing National Library Arts Center, Jiangsu Grand Theater, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Shenzhen Poly Theater, Shenzhen Jingshan Theater, Xinghai Concert Hall, Wuxi Grand Theater, and Qingdao Grand Theater.  

Chang served as a violin instructor and Artist in Residence at Vanke Meisha Arts Academy from 2019.