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Michael Chang

Global Genius Music Competition 2023 Winter Season Winner:

Michael Chang is a 14-year-old composer and percussionist from California who started writing music and performing at age 6. He has been studying composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College since 2021 and composes for many forms of music, including solo instruments, chamber ensembles, concert bands, vocal works, and scores for films. His 2023 premieres included “Forever Seeking” (viola, cello, piano) in San Francisco, “Ancient Mariner,” performed by Mouthscape’s SATB Choir, and “Woodland Dance,” played by the Lawson Middle School band. Last July, his score for

“Alma,” an animated short film, premiered at the Los Angeles College of Music.

Michael regularly performs on drums, marimba, and timpani at the local, state and national levels, with two notable performances at Carnegie Hall in 2022 and 2023 with the Honors Performance Series. He has also performed with the California All-State Wind Symphony, the California All-State Symphonic Band, the All-Northern California Honor Band, and debuted at Disneyland and Stanford University’s Jazz Showcase.

Winner of multiple music competitions for performance and composition, Michael recently received 4 Platinum awards in the Global Genius Music Competition for marimba performance and composition and is a three-time “Season Top 1” winner. Recently selected as a Laureate Composer by Progressive Musicians and Sound Espressivo, Michael will make his compositional debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2024 with “Vines of Hope,” written for flute, oboe, bassoon, and piano.

Michael studies composition with Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez, percussion with Huei-Yuan

Pan, and piano with Dr. Christopher Koelzer.

Michael Chang
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