Nationality : Taiwan
A native of Taiwan, Chang was appointed by Maestro Long Yu as the principal timpanist of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the most prestigious orchestras in China. He also teaches at the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou as Director of Percussion Studies. In 2014 while in China, Chang premiered Michael Daugherty’s timpani concerto Raise the Roof with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and in 2015 he played drums for David Metheny’s Concerto with the Guangzhou Percussion Ensemble both in Guangzhou and Macau. Currently he is known as one of the best timpanists both in China and Taiwan, and he is frequently invited to play with the Macau Orchestra, the NCPA Orchestra (Beijing), as well as the Hangzhou Philharmonic. In 2016, Chang performed (as a drummer) on the China premier of Jacob TV. Chang has also been invited to play at various jazz festivals around the world and he has recorded for several commercial and film music projects which included working with Taiwan pop singer Evonne Hsu on her 2008 album and 2012 Taiwan movie “Silent Code” soundtrack. As a dedicated educator, Chang started the first Chinese blog for percussion education in Taiwan which received critical acclaim from The China Times as one of the best blogs of the year. Chang also writes for Music Weekly (China) and he has also worked on other musically related projects including writing drum and percussion method books as well as holding masterclasses throughout China and Taiwan. Chang endorses Adams timpani/mallet instruments, Black Swamp Percussion, Schlagwerk Percussion, Canopus Drums and, Zildjian Cymbals.
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