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Chang, Sarah

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Chang, Sarah, gifted American violinist; b. Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 1980. She was born to Korean parents who saw to it that she received training in violin from the age of 4. At 5 she began to perform in public in Philadelphia. In 1987 she received the Starling Scholarship at the Juilliard School in N.Y., where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Hyo Kang. She soon came to the attention of Zubin Mehta, who was so taken by her extraordinary musicianship that he invited her to make her N.Y. Phil debut under his direction in 1988 as soloist in Paganini’s first Violin Concerto. In 1991 she was a soloist with Muti and the Philadelphia Orch. at its 90 th anniversary gala concert. In 1992 she became the youngest participant of the “Concert for Planet Earth” at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. By the time she was 15, she had appeared as a soloist with many of the most prestigious orchs. of the world, among them the Chicago Sym. Orch., the Los Angeles Phil., the Pittsburgh Sym. Orch., the San Francisco Sym., the London Sym. Orch., the Gewandhaus Orch. of Leipzig, and the Berlin Phil. She also performed at many principal festivals. On May 24, 1995, she was soloist in the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with Kurt Masur and the N.Y. Phil, which appearance was telecast live to the nation by PBS. She was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in 1999.

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