Prior to joining the Los Angeles Philharmonic in April 2010, violinist MINYOUNG CHANG was a member of the violin section of the New York Philharmonic from 2006, having served as a substitute with that orchestra since 2003. A native of Seoul, South Korea, Chang came to the U.S. at the age of six, beginning her violin studies at San Francisco Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division with Zaven Melikian. She continued her training at the Juilliard Pre-College Division, where she later received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Her principal teachers there include Dorothy DeLay, Lisa Kim, and Glenn Dicterow.
Chang has appeared as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony, the Salzburg Chamber Orchestra, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Festival Young Artist Orchestra, and other ensembles. Her numerous awards include first prize in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra competition, a win at the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition, and grand prize and first prize at the American String Teachers Association. In addition, she has attended various music festivals, including the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, and the Sarasota and Aspen music festivals.
Chang is married to LA Phil Principal Timpanist Joseph Pereira.