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Sarah Chang


Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world's great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight she has performed with the finest orchestras, conductors, and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades. In 2012, she will have recorded exclusively for EMI Classics for 20 years. Ms. Chang tours extensively throughout the year. Highlights in 2010-11 in the U.K. and the U.S. include appearances with the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburgh, and Detroit Symphony Orchestras. She will also perform in Norway, Romania, Austria, Canada, Poland, and Denmark. Ms. Chang appears regularly in the Far East and returns to Seoul for concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and to Guangzhou to perform with the Symphony Orchestra as part of the Asian Games Opening Festival. Ms. Chang's most recent recording for EMI Classics, performances of Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie, was received with excellent critical and popular acclaim and was her 20th album for the label. Her 2007 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons attracted international commendation. For the June 2004 Olympic games Ms. Chang was given the honor of running with the Olympic Torch in New York. In 2005 Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in Sarah Chang's name. In 2006 Ms. Chang was honored as one of 20 Top Women in Newsweek magazine's "Women and Leadership, 20 Powerful Women Take Charge" issue. In March 2008 Ms. Chang was honored as a Young Global Leader for 2008 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for her professional achievements, commitment to society and potential in shaping the future of the world. Ms. Chang has been named a U.S. Embassy Cultural Envoy from 2011.

Updated: April 27, 2011
Sarah Chang