The New York Concert Review describes Vivian Chang-Freiheit
as an "excellent pianist
[producing] very delicate,
fine phrasing, always singing lines knowing full aware that
Schubert is the master lieder composer." In recital with
principal cellist of the Bavarian Radio Orchestra Wen-Sinn
Yang, she was praised for "delivering a conscientious,
intelligent interpretation that made telling musical sense."
Her Boston premiere of Rebecca Clarke's violin and piano sonata
with fellow Chameleon member Joanna Kurkowicz was listed in
the Boston Globe's "Best Concerts of 2000."
Vivian Chang-Freiheit made her solo debut with the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16. As a frequent collaborator
with singers and instrumentalists, she has performed in Alice
Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the 92nd
Street Y, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Lincoln Center,
Trinity Church, Taiwan National Hall, and in venues throughout
the United States, Germany and the Czech Republic. Ms. Chang-Freiheit
also performs as a frequent guest artist with the Formosa
Chamber Music Society at Carnegie Hall and as a core member
of the award-winning MOTYL Chamber Ensemble in New York. She
has also performed live on WGBH Boston Public Radio.
Ms. Chang-Freiheit studied both piano and violin at the Oberlin
College-Conservatory, where she graduated Pi Kappa Lambda
and received the Dean's Talent Award. Her primary teachers
were violinist Stephen Clapp and pianist Joseph Schwartz.
She continued her piano studies with Samuel Sanders at the
Juilliard School with support of the William Petschek Piano
Scholarship. She earned both master and doctor of music degrees,
and completed her thesis, titled "Accompanying in the
United States," in 2001. As the first recipient of the
Citibank-Juilliard Stipendium and winner of the Huntington
Beebe scholarship Ms. Chang-Freiheit spent two years in Germany,
where she served as a vocal coach at the Leipzig Opera House
and studied with Joel Shapiro in Leipzig and Phillip Moll
in Berlin. Currently, Ms. Chang-Freiheit makes her home in
New York with her husband and two sons.