Alexander Y. Chang

Alexander Y. Chang

Alex was born in a family filled with music. His two older siblings started violin lessons one month after he was born. His parents soon discovered that Suzuki tunes were able to calm him down easily when he was a baby. He started cello lessons with Julie Hochman before turning 5 and has enjoyed cello playing since.

At age 10, he participated in the summer music camp Music by the Sea, under the direction of Bill Barbini and began studying chamber music repertoire (2015) and actively participating in chamber music performances with the Young Musician Outreach club, a Davis based student organization. In Spring 2017, his string quartet “Long Bow” won 2nd place in a chamber music competition held by The Chamber Music Society of Sacramento. Alex has also participated in the Summer Chamber Music Workshop hosted by Sacramento Youth Symphony, under the direction of Mrs. Susan Lamb Cook (2017), and the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy, under the direction of Misha Quint (2018).

Alex has won many awards for cello performance. At age 9, 12, and 13, he won first place three times from the California ASTA Solo Competition, Sacramento Section, twice in the novice group (age 9-12) and once in the junior group (age 13-18). In 2019, he won the 2nd place at the Pacific Music Competition (age group 11-13).

Other than music, Alex enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and watching videos and movies. In addition to learning from his primary teacher Richard Andaya, Alex has also taken masterclasses from or studied with Julie Hochman, Andy Luchansky, Sarah Fiene, Jia-mo Chen, Jill Brindel, and Misha Quint.

As of fall of 2019, Alex is a 9th grade student at Holmes Junior High School in Davis and a member of both San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra and Davis Young Artists Chamber Ensemble.