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. He takes private lessons with Joan Tower and George Tsontakis and is the current holder of the Joan Tower Composition Scholarship. Since 2014, he has attended the Bard College-Conservatory of Music, where he is pursuing a double degree in Composition and Mathematics, and will pursue a Master’s Degree in Composition at the Juilliard School of Music beginning fall 2019.
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, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Mostly Modern Festival and the Brevard Music Festival. He has had pieces performed by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, faculty of Curtis’ Young Artist Summer Program, the Euclid String Quartet and students of the Bard College-Conservatory and The Orchestra Now.
In 2009, he entered the New Haven Symphony Orchestra First Young Composer’s Project, where he worked with composer-in-residence Augusta Read Thomas and wrote “Nature’s Release,” for mixed chamber ensemble, 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. In 2017, his Brass Quintet No. 1 was performed in a masterclass with Kevin Cobb and in the Hudson Opera House’s “Candide’s Journey” event. His orchestra piece, “Persephone Abducted,” premiered by the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in 2018, was a recipient of a 2019 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award.
Corey’s primary instrument is piano. As a performer of his own pieces, he performed his solo piano piece, “Evening Light,” in Vienna’s Ehrbar Hall as the first prize winner of the Golden Key National Composition Competition. In 2018, he performed his piano piece “Field of Shards” as a commission by the Hudson Valley Music Circle and the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival for Joan Tower’s 80th birthday concerts. As a performer of other composers’ music, he has performed pieces by various 21st century composers such as Chris Cerrone, Gerald Barry, John Harbison, Oliver Knussen and Joan Tower. He was also a finalist in the Bard College-Conservatory Concerto Competition, performing Joan Tower’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
In addition to classical music, Corey also has interest in arranging Jazz and Popular songs for piano. His hobbies include playing chess, pool and squash.