Hsi-Ling Chang grew up in Taiwan and in Spokane, Washington. She received her Masters degree in piano performance from the University of Houston, where she studied piano with Abbey Simon and voice with Elena Nikolaidi. Her expertise in the art of lieder and opera led her to work with members of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. She was also staff pianist at the Texas Music Festival and the Houston Ballet. Since moving to New York, she has made collaborative appearances at Weill Carnegie Hall, and Merkin Hall to critical acclaim. She can be heard singing in Hebrew and Yiddish on the album "Because", music of composer Mark Zuckerman, released by MSR Classics.
Hsi-Ling is the producer and recording engineer for the Mandala Studio label.
She has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her work as an engineer, and has numerous recording credits with RCA, BMG, New World labels. Recent recording projects include the complete Beethoven Sonatas with pianist Seymour Lipkin, and a Debussy album with her sister, pianist Hsia-Jung Chang. The recording's warm and nostalgic Debussy sound has been praised by critics in the U.S. and abroad.
In addition to her encyclopedic knowledge of music, Hsi-Ling is also a food and tea connoisseur. You can find her passionate postings on subjects from Shanghai soup dumplings to oolong tea on chowhound.com.
Hsi-Ling has a deep interest in Shaolin kungfu. She has translated various articles of Abbot Shi Guolin for Kungfu Magazine, including A Short Discussion on Zen Practice (Aug. 2004) and Mental Practice in Physical Stillness (June 2005). Hsi-Ling's dedicated kungfu practice won her a gold medal at the 2006 World Traditional Wushu Championship, in Zhenzhou, China. To watch the interview and her winning performance, click on the links below.
- Hsi-Ling Chang's First Place Wushu performance
- Hsi-Ling Chang's post-performance TV interview
Most recently Hsi-Ling has developed a passion for film photography. Her favorite subjects are members of open-water swimmers group CIBBOWS.