ast and West;
The Conversation of
Tradition and Modern;
Tranquility and Resplendence
" I found enchantment and inspiration from nature and culture.
There is no boundary in music, a worldwide language."
Hung-Ping Chang, the finalist of World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) 2017 1st International Composition Contest and 2021 American Prize, is a composer from Taipei, Taiwan, currently based in New York City. Her music carries unique flow and spirit, reflecting the ethnic charm and legendary colors as well as harmonizes unique cultural elements from Eastern and Western cultures.
Hung Ping Chang dedicates to incorporating classical and modern music, with creativity and elements from nature. While she creates new artistic formats through music, she also explores making music with diverse organic elements and contemporary technique on western instruments that vividly brings out the collision of the East and West as well as the traditional aesthetics in Eastern, Taiwanese culture and history. A lot of her compositions are based on literature to reflect the eastern historical culture and aesthetic. In instrumentation, her works show both western classical and contemporary structures and details. At the same time, she incorporates traditional Chinese orchestra’s techniques and sounds, to deliver the unique taste where the east meets west. In addition to her contributions to the concert music, Hung Ping’s composition works are in collaboration with
film, dance, game, visual arts, motion graphics, and fashion.
As a composer of innovative creation, Hung Ping's work Mulan Fantasie(2014) for symphonic band was selected for the final stage of World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) 2017 1st International Composition Contest. The final competition was held at TivoliVredenburg Concert Hall in Utrecht on July 19th during the WASBE International Conference (July 18th – 22nd, 2017), conducted by Bjorn Bus and performed by the Orchestra of the Dutch Customs. Mulan Fantasie was premiered at the concert "East Meets West" in Zhongzheng Auditorium of Zhongshan Hall in Taipei Taiwan in August 2014. And in 2017 - 2019 season, the piece was performed at several concerts by many wind ensembles, including the performance by Macau Youth Symphonic Bandin at the Opening Gala Concert of Certamen Internacional de Bandes de Música “Ciutat de València” 2019 (The 2019 International Music Band Contest City of Valencia) in Spain and “Banda Filarmónica de Macau” in Porto, Portugal in July 2019; the concert “Taiwanilainen Ilta” performed by Laivaston soittokunta(Finland Navy Band) in Turku, Finland in September 2018; The concert "The Circle of the Sound" National Taiwan University Alumni Wind Band 14th anniversary concert, performed by Taiwan University Alumni Wind Band in Xinzhuang Culture and Arts Center in Taiwan in July 2018.
In September 2017, Hung Ping was invited by the Confucius Institute at China Institute in New York that her four original works The Wind Walk, Bamboo, Pine Smoke Cursive, and Silk Road Fantasie were performed by New Asia Chamber Music Society(NACMS) at the concert “Songs for the Sage: A Confucius Day Celebration”, as reflected in China Institute’s exhibition Dreams of the Kings: A Jade Suit for Eternity, Treasures of the Han Dynasty from Xuzhou. In season 2016-17, she was invited by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office(TECO) in New York, to write Thank You MTA, Thank You from Taiwan, a piece dedicated to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) as the opening song at the concert “Embarking on the journey - Fulfilling the Dream” that Taiwanese government showed appreciation to MTA and Hung Ping also performed as the conductor for this opening piece. In the same season, she was commissioned by the NACMS; her work titled Spring for erhu and string ensemble was world premiered at the Merkin Concert Hall of Kaufman Music Center in New York City in April 2017. The piece brilliantly showed the inherited meaning of the Spring season in Asian culture. As an international Taiwanese composer, Hung Ping was invited by Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York and her piece Silk Road Fantasie for string quartet was performed at the concert “Impression Formosa - a sketchbook of contemporary music from Taiwan” presented by Taiwan Academy at TECO and performed by NACMS in June 2017. In the same year, Hung Ping's original works The Wind Walk, Pine Smoke Cursive, and Silk Road Fantasie were premiered at the 2017 JuMing Museum Summer Nights Opening concert "The Wind Arrives while I Walk” in Taiwan in July. In 2016 fall, her work Silk Road Fantasie for string quartet was premiered at the International Chamber Orchestra of America annual Fall – Winter series concert “Silk Road Fantasia Night” in New York City. In 2015, Hung Ping's piece Wild Cursive for 13 percussionists was premiered by the NYU Percussion Ensemble at Loewe Theater as the final piece, in which, she especially used the element of water, bamboo, scarf, paper and pebbles, conveying the essence and beauty of the wild cursive calligraphy.
Hung Ping is also dedicated to nature protection that in June 2017, she held the charity concert "The Fragrance-for ocean protection" in New York Manhattan for donation to help the international non-profit organization, Whale and Dolphin Conservation. The programs are all in depictions of nature and animals, featuring her original composition pieces: The Sound of the Land, The Cloud, The Unknown Bird and the songs arranged by Hung Ping. She also played the piano and conducted the opening song The Sound of the Land to start the concert. The performance was highly praised by the audience and it also garnered rave reviews overseas. In addition to classical music, Hung Ping wrote the score for "Betsy Blue", a motion graphic artwork, which was exhibited at "2015 Big Screen" at the leading media and Internet venue: InterActiveCorp(IAC) in New York City. The work was also exhibited at "The Expanded Cinema August 2016 showcase" at NY Media Center by IFP in August 2016.
Hung Ping Chang received her Master of Music degree in Music Theory and Composition at New York University(NYU) Steinhardt school. As a passionate and dedicated artist, Hung-Ping was the only chosen exchange student of the 2012 University of North Texas, music department on behalf of the music department of National Taiwan Normal University(Taiwan premium music school), where she studied piano with Steven Harlos and studied jazz piano with Sergio Pamies. She also performed as the live pianist for ballet and modern dance from 2012 to 2015, including Cloud Gate dance studio in Taiwan, Taipei University of Arts, the dance department at New York University and the University of North Texas. In 2014 summer, Hung-Ping was specially invited by Cloud Gate Dance studio in Taipei, as the live pianist for 2014 Cloud Gate Dance Summer Modern Dance Camp. As an active composer, Hung Ping has collaborated with renowned conductors, performing artists and group, including Ju Percussion Group(Taiwan); Yu-An Chang(conductor), first prize winner of 2016 7th international Conducting Competition Jeunesses Musicales Bucharest; Tim Duncan Cho(conductor), the artistic director of Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, K Radio Philharmonic Orchestra; Kevin Lin(violinist), the co-leader of London Philharmonic Orchestra(2017-2018 season); William Wei(violinist), the unranked laureate of 2015 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition; Wei-Yang Andy Lin(violist), previous member of chamber music society of Lincoln Center and the founder and artistic director of New Asia Chamber Music Society; Nan Cheng, Chen(cellist), first prize winner of 2010 Queens Symphony Concerto Competition; Suhyun Park, violinist of New York Philharmonic Orchestra; Richard Lin(violinist), first Prize in 10th International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (2018); Jung-Hsuan Ko(cellist), the assistant principal cello of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; Bryan Haslet(cellist), first prize winner of the Alexander & Buono International String Competition.
Recently, Hung Ping was commissioned by the world-class percussion group in Taiwan, the Ju Percussion Group. Her commissioned work The Mountain for 8 percussionists was world premiered in the concert "Sound Ideas" in March 2019 at National Concert Hall in Taipei Taiwan. In the 2019 - 2020 season, her Mulan Fantasie was performed by Harmonie Municipale de Sion, conducted by Stéphane Delley in Switzerland. By exploring the full capacities of both western and eastern instrumentation, Hung Ping’s composition unfolds a new page in the field of music composition, reflecting the essence of cultural and historical aesthetics. Her exclusive interview is released on New York online press Beyond Chinatown, JuMing Museum Quarterly Journal No.70 Summer 2017, Central News Agency, World Journal, PAR magazine and other leading media; her radio live interview "Personal review with US-based rising star composer Hung-Ping Chang and Ying-Chieh Wang" can be found at the online official website of Radio Classical 97.7 and Bravo 91.3, "Pei-Ching's Percussion World".