About Corey Chang



“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”

          -Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

              Corey Chang began composing when he was thirteen. In 2009, he entered the New Haven Symphony Orchestra First Young Composer’s Project, where he worked with composer-in-residence Augusta Read Thomas to make a composition to be performed by members of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he participated the Second Young Composer’s Project, where he studied privately with Amy Kirsten and attended seminars with Christopher Theofanidis. Corey has attended various summer composition programs, including Westminster Choir College’s Summer Composition Program, Oberlin’s Summer Composition Program, the Golden Key International Summer Composition Festival, the UPBEAT International Summer Composition Festival and The Curtis Institute Young Artist Summer Program. He currently attends the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, where he is pursuing a double degree in Composition and Mathematics. He takes private lessons with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis.

              Corey’s solo piano piece, “Evening Light,” received first prize in the Golden Key National Composition Competition. As the winner, he was invited to perform his piece in the historic Ehrbar Hall and Mozarthaus in Vienna, Austria. He has had pieces rehearsed and performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, faculty of Curtis Summerfest and students of the Oberlin Conservatory and Bard College-Conservatory.

              Corey’s primary instrument is piano. His first piano teacher was Mary Bloom, whom he began taking lessons with in 2003 and continued with until his entrance into college in 2014. He performs in the Bard Conservatory Chamber Music Marathons every semester, where he has played Beethoven’s Archduke Piano Trio, Mahler’s Piano Quartet in A minor, John Haribson’s November 19, 1828: Hallucination in Four Episodes for Piano and String Trio and Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet in A Major. His current piano teacher is Frank Corliss.

              In addition to classical music, Corey also has interest in singing and arranging Jazz and Popular songs for piano. His hobbies include playing chess, pool and squash