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Violist Jessica Chang leads a versatile career as a sought-after chamber musician, recitalist, and educator. As the Founder and Executive Director of Chamber Music by the Bay, Ms. Chang performs interactive concerts for diverse communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work as a teaching artist has led to concert residencies, most recently with Project 440, the Savannah Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire. She has also served as violist of the Afiara Quartet, with whom she toured North America, including a visiting faculty residency at The Banff Centre in Alberta and residency as the Glenn Gould School Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada. 

Ms. Chang has performed as a chamber musician in concert tours throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Her concerts have been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today,” WYNC, WHYY, and WQXR Public Radio. Highlights from recent years include collaborations with  Roberto Díaz, Pamela Frank,  Scott Yoo, Christoph Richter, William Bennett, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, Toby Appel, James Campbell, members of the Orion and Guarneri Quartets, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Berlin Philharmonic.  Her festival appearances include Festival Mozaic, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Music from Angel Fire, International Musicians Seminar Prussia Cove, Open Chamber Music Prussia Cove, Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Tanglewood Music Center, Taos School of Music, Verbier Festival, the National Arts Centre of Canada, and Aspen Music Festival.

Ms. Chang is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honors and distinction. She also holds an Artist Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music as the recipient of the William A. Loeb Fellowship, and  a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School.  Ms. Chang studied with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom,  Roberto Díaz, Michael Tree, Misha Amory  Daniel Panner, Jodi Levitz, Jesse Levine, and Jenny Rudin. Her chamber music mentors include members of the Guarneri, Borromeo, Brentano, St. Lawrence, and Orion Quartets.

A highly sought-after chamber musician and teacher, Ms. Chang maintains a private studio in the San Francisco Bay Area. She performs frequently with ensembles including Ensemble San Francisco, the Ives Collective, and Chamber Music Silicon Valley. Ms. Chang currently serves as the Executive Director of Chamber Music by the Bay, in its seventh season, as well as Director of Chamber Music and faculty member at California Music Preparatory Academy.

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