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Pianist and ImprovisEr


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          Concert pianist Joey (Ian-Joe) Chang, a second-year Masters at the Juilliard School, has been recognized from very young for his exceptional creativity, focus, and artistic maturity. He was the youngest top-prize winner of the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition in 2009 and made a debut concerto performance under the baton of maestro Vladimir Feltsman. The performance brought a review from the Time-Herald Record for playing “…accompaniments and cadenzas with precocious agility and focus, letting the bell-like arpeggios ring at his fingertips with precision and ease…” 

            Joey gave his first formal recital at age 10 with a solo concert during the WPPI international piano festival. Since then, he has garnered awards and recognition from local competitions as well as international competitions, including International Russian Music Piano Competition, New Orleans International Young artist and Schimmel International Junior. Joey has performed in concerts across the United States and has given many concerts in Taiwan, the native country of his parents. Joey is the recipient of the Lee Luria Scholarship for the 2014 Music Academy of the West. At Juilliard, Joey is the 2nd-place winner in the 2015 piano concerto competition, 3rd place winner of the 2016 Munz scholarship, and a finalist of the 2016 and 2017 Gina Bachauer scholarship competitions. 

          An avid composer, Joey began to compose at 6 and performed his first original work in the Yamaha USA national “Junior Original Composer” concert at age 7. He has since composed music for solo piano and small ensemble, and he has featured improvisation in concerts very frequently. Joey’s works, “Dialogue (for Gravity and Inertia)”, scored for cello and piano, and “evolutioN”, scored for piano and string orchestra, have been premiered at Juilliard’s Double Vision concert series.

                A passionate believer in musical advocacy and outreach, Joey is a member of and has participated in educational programs run by organizations like ASTEP and Sing-For-Hope based in New York. In the summer of 2015, Joey spent 6-weeks in Taiwan for a cultural immersion project, including two weeks of living and teaching in the mountains of Taidong with the Taiwanese Bunun aboriginal descendants. The project culminated in a concert held in Hsing-Kang, Chiayi in which Joey performed original compositions and improvisations based on his experiences in Taiwan as well as collaborated with the Hsing-Kang elementary school orchestra.

          Joey began private piano lessons with Dr. Tehling Chiang and studied under Professor Robert Hamilton at Arizona State University at age 13. He is currently under the tutelage of Professor Jerome Lowenthal. 


Improvisation is the creation of a new idea on the spot. The inspiration for the material is grabbed simply from the moment of its instigation and blossoms into something completely novel and sincere. Improvisation is a true test of will because it depends on a performer's ability to risk almost everything on stage. Only when you give it your all will you make something unique and meaningful. 

I take an audience's suggestion of a melody, or a suggestion of an idea such as an image, animal, or emotion, and from these concepts I create a new piece. Here are a few examples, cats and cockroaches all welcome. I hope you enjoy!

Improv on the image of War and Peace:

Improv on the tune of Danny Boy:

Improv on This Old Man tune and the image of cats:

A cockroach in the shower:

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