Vivian Chang Freiheit, piano

Pianist VIVIAN CHANG-FREIHEIT made her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16, performing Saint Saens' Carnival of the Animals. As a collaborator with singers and instrumentalists, she has performed in major venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the 92nd Street Y and the National Hall in Taiwan. She also performs as a member of the award-winning Chameleon Arts Ensemble in Boston and has performed live on WGBH Boston Public Radio on multiple occasions. The New York Concert Review praised Dr. Chang Freiheit for "delivering a conscientious, intelligent interpretation that made telling musical sense" and her Boston premiere of Rebecca Clarke's unpublished Sonata for Violin and Piano was listed in the Boston Globe's "Best Concerts of 2000."

Dr. Chang-Freiheit studied both piano and violin at the Oberlin College-Conservatory, where she graduated with distinction and was recipient of the Dean's Talent Award and Piano Faculty Prize in Accompanying. Her primary teachers were Joseph Schwartz, Stephen Clapp and Robert McDonald. She continued her piano studies as a scholarship student of Samuel Sanders at the Juilliard School, where she earned her Doctorate and Master of Music degrees and was a staff pianist for 8 years. As the first recipient of the Citibank-Juilliard Stipendium, winner of the Huntington Beebe Scholarship for Foreign Study, and an Oberlin Alumni Grant, she lived in Germany for two years, where she studied as a vocal coach at the Leipzig Opera House and with Phillip Moll in Berlin.


Dr. Chang-Freiheit currently makes her home in Pleasantville, NY, where she is better known as 'Miss Vivian' by her young students. Her program MUSIC WITH VIVIAN ( brings interactive music making to young children in schools throughout the county and offers individualized classes for kids with special educational needs.  

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