Photo by Philo Lee

Photo by Philo Lee

Jessica Chang, viola

Violist Jessica Chang leads a versatile career as a chamber musician, recitalist, and educator. As the Founder and Executive Director of Chamber Music by the Bay, Ms. Chang performs interactive concerts for communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, which reach over 2,000 youth annually. Her performances have led to concert residencies with Project 440, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, and she has served as violist of the Afiara Quartet, with whom she held faculty and fellowship residencies at The Banff Centre in Alberta and at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. 

As a chamber musician, Ms. Chang has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” WYNC, WHYY, and WQXR Public Radio. Highlights include collaborations with Roberto Díaz, Pamela Frank, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Berlin Philharmonic. Her festival appearances include Festival Mozaic, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Prussia Cove, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Tanglewood, Taos, Verbier, Aspen, and the National Arts Centre of Canada.

Ms. Chang is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and distinction. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. A sought-after chamber musician and teacher, Ms. Chang maintains a private studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. She performs frequently with ensembles including the Ives Collective, Ensemble San Francisco, and Chamber Music Silicon Valley. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Chamber Music by the Bay, in its seventh season, as well as Director of Chamber Music at California Music Preparatory Academy.

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