School of Music

Yi-Wen Chang


Pianist Yi-Wen Chang, praised for her imaginative, sensitive and thoughtful musical style,has appeared as a soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States, Canada, Russia, and Taiwan. Chang holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where she was awarded the prestigious Performer’s Certificate in recognition of outstanding concert artistry. She received a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and later returned to Eastman and earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature. There she developed a deep interest in exploring stylistic progression between the eighteenth-century and contemporary music through performance. Her performance research was sponsored by the Government of Taiwan.

As an active concert pianist, Chang has worked with distinguished artists and chamber orchestras, such as Ian Bousfield, Jeffrey Milarsky, Rebecca Penneys, Alan Pierson, Yung-Chiao Wei and Eastman Philharmonia and Wind Ensemble. She has performed in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, Taiwan National Concert Hall in Taipei, National Chiao-Tung University in Taiwan, Moscow Conservatory International Summer Festival, Johannesen International School of Arts in Canada, and Women in Music Festival in Rochester, New York. Her performance has been broadcast on WXXI and Buffalo Radio Station.

Chang is admired for her innovative programming and broad repertoire. Since 2015, Chang has launched “Then and Now” concert series combining traditional and contemporary classical music and presenting their evolution from the past to present time. She has collaborated with numerous composers of our time, among them Milton Babbitt, Jennifer Higdon, Melinda Wagner, and Zhi-Yuan Guo. Jennifer Higdon praised her playing as “incredible rhythmic sense and imagination… a superb artistry”. Her recent Piano and Percussion project features the challenging repertoire of John Psathas’ Matre’s Dance for Percussion and Piano and Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. Chang has also performed many other contemporary works by different composers, including William Bolcom’s The Garden of Eden, György Kurtág’s Játékok, Chen Yi’s China West Suite, and Leon Kirchner’s Piano Sonata.

In addition to performing extensively as a soloist and collaborator, Chang is a dedicated pedagogue. A native of Taiwan, Chang has held teaching positions at the Kai-Nan University and China University of Technology in Taiwan. She has been an adjudicator in numerous piano competitions, including Taiwan Biennial National Piano Competition. Chang is currently a collaborative pianist at Nazareth College, and serves on the piano faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. Her principal teachers were with Rebecca Penneys and Joseph Kalichstein. Additionally, she has worked with Yevgeny Malinin, Seymour Lipkin, Malcolm Bilson, Baruch Arnon, Kum-Sing Lee, and Larissa Dedova.

School of Music Responsibilities

  • Collaborative Pianist


  • Eastman School of Music, DMA
  • Juilliard School of Music, MM
  • Eastman School of Music, BM