Cello Lessons with Vivian Chang
Based in New York City, Vivian Chang is a cellist forging a eclectic career with diverse audiences and musical genres. Just last season, she performed at Spoleto Festival USA as a part of the opera orchestra, New York Fashion Week, the Metropolitan Opera for Dolce & Gabbana's exclusive event Alta Moda, and toured with Concerts of Hope, an organization dedicated to performing for underserved communities. In past years she has collaborated with RIOULT Dance NY, TACTUS ensemble, Composers Collective of New York and has performed on several concert series including "What Makes it Great?" With Rob Kapilow, Concerts on the Slope, and Old Wood New Sounds.
Ms. Chang is a core member of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra, and the Uptown Philharmonic and has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. These engagements have allowed her to perform in venues spanning Carnegie Hall's Weill Hall and Perelmann Stage, the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Joyce Theater. As a chamber musician, Vivian was a Resident Artist with Nassau Chamber Music Society, Sullivan County Chamber Orchestra's chamber music series, and is a past Fellow of the Takacs Quartet's String Quartet Seminar.
In the last few years, Vivian discovered a passion for pedagogy. She served previously as a faculty member of the Distance Learning program championed by the Manhattan School of Music which brings lessons to students in rural and musically remote areas and has participated in outreach initiatives created by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Nesin Cultural Arts. Today, she maintains a private studio and teaches through City String NYC and Aspiring Young Musicians (AYM) in Monticello, New York.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Vivian moved to the Northeast to pursue her musical studies at the Manhattan School of Music from where she recently graduated with Professional Studies Certificate under the tutelage of esteemed pedagogue Philippe Muller. There she also earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees while studying with Julia Lichten and Fred Sherry while working extensively with Alan Stepansky and Qiang Tu for orchestral performance training. She has participated in masterclasses with Robert DeMaine, Bonnie Hampton, David Geber, Min Cao, Robert Mann, Peter Salaff, among other artists. Outside of the Manhattan School of Music, she was awarded full scholarships to study and perform at Music Academy of the West, Aspen Music Festival and School, Atlantic Music Festival, and Colorado College Music Festival.