Fortepianist Hsuan Chang wins Early Music Institute – Indy Baroque Orchestra concerto competition

The Indiana University Early Music Institute and Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra are pleased to announce that fortepianist Hsuan Chang is the winner of the 2012 concerto competition. Chang will perform the Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 by J. S. Bach with the Indianapolis Baroque orchestra on Saturday, February 25, at 4 p.m. in Auer Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The jury for the competition consisted of Barthold Kuijken (artistic director of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra), Simon Crookall, and Dana Marsh.

Chang, a native of Taipei, Taiwan, has been at the Jacobs School of Music in the doctoral program since 2004, studying piano with Shigeo Neriki and fortepiano and harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright. 

With a growing solo and chamber music career, she has performed in the U.S. and Taiwan, including a two-piano concert at the National Theater Concert Hall in Taipei. In 2008, she won the Indiana University Jacobs School’s Classical Concerto Competition and performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto, K. 271 with the Classical Orchestra. In addition, she was invited to be a part of the inaugural concert commemorating IU’s newly acquired original Götting fortepiano, ca. 1820.

“Music is about life and love,” said Chang. “I have learned this over the years from my colleagues and teachers in the Early Music Institute and the Jacobs School of Music, whose support and devotion create an inspiring musical environment.

“My special thanks to Professor Elisabeth Wright, a beautiful musician and artist, who makes those around her shine their best,” she said. “Additional thanks to the Bloomington Early Music Festival for its generous loan of the late Mary Tilton’s harpsichord and to the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra for offering me this opportunity. Lastly, thanks to my lovely family!”

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