A native of Taiwan, Fenia Chang graduated from the Juilliard School with a B.M. and M.M. in piano performance where she studied with world renowned pianist Abbey Simon. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from University of Maryland with Mr. Santiago Rodriquez and Mr. Thomas Schumacher in Piano Pedagogy. Dr. Chang currently serves on the Piano Faculty at the Department of Music at Eastfield College in Dallas, Texas. She is also the staff pianist at Southern Methodist University since 2013.
A Steinway Artist since 2007, Dr. Chang made her solo debut at age 9, after having won the first International Japan Kawai Piano Competition in Taiwan. The performance was broadcasted on national television in Taiwan. She has maintained a busy concert career in both solo and collaborative performances in Asia, France, Italy, and the United States. She has performed extensively at different venues including Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Weil Recital Hall, the Museum of Modern Arts in New York, the Terrace Theater at Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, the Strathmore Hall, Fairfax Auditorium, the Ellipse Arts Center,, the National Concert Hall in Taipei, and the Concert Hall in Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory, China. Dr. Chang has performed with numerous orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra, Albuquerque Symphony Orchestra, and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Upstate Orchestra of New York, to name a few.
A winner of several major international competitions, Fenia Chang is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the top prizes at the Elizabeth Davis International Piano Competition, Thomas Richner International competition, Concert Artists Internationals, Young Artist International Piano Competition, and the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition of the United States, as well as the Composer’s Prize from Olivier Messiaen International Piano Competition in Paris, France. Her performances have been broadcast by the National Public Radio, WQXR (New York), WNCN (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WGTS (Washington DC), and WRR (Dallas) as well as several national public radio stations in Taiwan.
Dr. Chang has collaborated with such notable musicians as violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, Reiko Watenabe, Michael Shih, Cellist Bion Tsang, Karen Basrak, and Pianist Anton Nel, Brian Ganz. In 2005, Dr. Chang became the first local pianist to be invited to perform at the prestigious Greenville Entertainment Concert Series in Greenville, Texas. She also appeared as a collaborative pianist at the National Music Teachers Conference in Texas and Nebraska Music Teachers Convention Concert, Academy of the West in California, Fox Valley Spring Festival in Chicago, French Piano Institute at Ecole Normale de Paris in France. As a chamber musician, she is a frequent guest artist of the Taipei Chamber Music Players which included a concert tour in China and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan.
Her solo debut recital at Weill Recital Hall in New York received rave reviews by the New York music establishment. One critic describes her playing as “an out of this world pianist, truly one of the greatest pianists of her generation”. The Washington Post critics had the following quotes: “ Her impeccable techniques, her superb tone and sensitive touch delivered with her full command---rarely seen on today’s concert stage.
Aside from performances at major concert halls, Dr. Chang has performed at numerous universities and summer festivals, including solo and chamber recitals at Rice University, Baylor University, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas A&M University at Commerce, Southern Methodist University, Texas Woman’s University, Dallas Baptist University, University of Texas at Tyler, University of Rhode Island, Judson University, University of Nebraska, International Chamber Music Festival in Taiwan, Music on the Mountain in CO and Elan Music Festival in TX. She is also a regular adjudicator at several national piano competitions, with recent duties at Dallas MTA Achievement Audition, North Texas Young Artist Competition, Jazz Festival, etc. She has been on the faculty at Texas A&M University-Commerce from 2002-2007 along with several others universities such as National Taiwan University of the Arts, Taipei City Normal Teachers’ University, Soo-Chow University, and Tung-Hai University in Taiwan.
She has worked with numerous world renowned pianists such as Leon Fleisher, Misha Dichter, John Perry, Russell Sherman, Jerome Lowenthal, Brian Ganz, Ann Schein, John O’Conor in U.S. and Roger Muraro, Dominique Merlet, David Lively in France. Dr. Chang is also the founding member and artistic director for Asian American Chamber Music Society. She currently resides in Plano, Texas, with her husband Eugene and two lovely children, Warren and Declan.