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Sarah Chang – Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6

Due to her musical accomplishments, Chang is among a very small number of professional figures recognized as a child prodigy

Chang was born in PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, and raised in Cherry Hill and Voorhees Township, New Jersey.[3][4] She is the daughter of Myoung-Jun (her mother), a composer, and Min-Soo Chang (her father), who was a violinist and music teacher.[5] Chang’s parents moved to the United States from South Korea in 1979 for her father’s advanced music degree at Temple University. Her mother took composition classes at the University of Pennsylvania. Chang has said that although she “never actually lived in Korea… I do still feel very strongly it’s where my roots are.”[6] Her younger brother Michael (born 1987) has a degree from Princeton University.[7][8]

In 1986, when Chang was 5 years old, she auditioned for and was accepted to the Juilliard School by performing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor.[9] Chang spent her weekends attending music classes at Juilliard and shopping in New York City with her parents.[10][11] When Chang was 6 years old, she started studying with Isaac Stern outside school.[12] In 1989, she began working with Dorothy DeLay at her studio in New York[13] where her father had received his musical lessons, and at the Aspen Music Festival and School.[14] A former student and assistant to DeLay, Hyo Kang, also provided training to Chang.[15][16]

Following her 1999 high school graduation in New Jersey, she returned to Juilliard for university and studied with DeLay.[17] Chang learned from a family environment to naturally speak Korean[18][19]



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