Felix Tao Chang
Piano Professor at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Tao Chang studied piano with Sequeira Costa, hailed as the heir to the last student of Liszt. He was the first Asian to win the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition, and the first winner of the Johann Nepomuk Hummel International Piano Competition. Chang has performed numerous solo and chamber recitals in the Slovak Republic, the Czech Republic, France, Austria, Hungary, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, China, Brazil, Portugal and the United States. In the fall of 1998, he played three debut recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. He has made concerto appearances with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Slovak Sinfonietta, the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Hong Kong Academy Symphony Orchestra, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Chang’s performances have been broadcast on radio and television stations across the globe. His first CD, Tao Chang in Concert, was recorded live and released under the VMF label.
In addition to a performing career, Dr Chang is a teacher of prize-winning piano students in Irvine, California. His students have been California State Champions and the United States National Competitions winners for many years. In 2017 and 2019, two of his students won the Young Artist Guild (YAG) for piano, the highest honour for any Music Teachers’ Association of California (MTAC) Certificate of Merit student.
He has given masterclasses regularly and has been on the Judge Panel for MTAC in California for many years. He had also served on the Associate Faculty at Irvine Valley College, as well as the Artist / Teacher at the International Institute for Young Musicians Academy. He had been on the Piano faculty at Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2019.
Currently, he serves as Senior Lecturer (Keyboard) at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.