Evelyn Chang started studying Pipa at age seven, and was admitted to the Secondary annex of Tianjin Conservatory of Music at age twelve. Ms. Chang graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with a bachelor’s degree in 1992. Ten years of professional study in Chinese music allowed her to master a variety of plucked string instruments such as Sanxian, Guzheng and Yi. During her time in school, she participated in the Central Conservatory of Music, the China Broadcasting National Orchestra, and Beijing Central Television to record a number of records, video programs and important concerts. After graduation, Ms. Chang worked in the Beijing Central Song and Dance Troupe, toured many places in China and performed for Chinese leaders. In 1995, Ms. Chang won the China International National Instrumental Music Competition. In 1997, Ms. Chang immigrated to Canada and is still committed to playing and teaching.
As a performer, she has worked with many different musicians from all over the world, such as Canada, France, India, Iran, South Korea, and Japan. The music groups she has worked with include Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble, Orchid, Silk Road, Aza, BC Chinese Orchestra, and Calgary Chinese Music Association. In 2001, she performed and recorded live shows for Regina CBC; in 2002, Regina CBC held a personal concert for her; in the same year, she published the first solo album “Old Street” supported by Saskatchewan Arts Board. In 2005, she was invited by the Calgary Chinese Music Association to perform a personal concert. In 2013, Ms. Chang and Vancouver Chinese Orchestra worked with Japanese samisens performer Hiroshi in the Vancouver folk music festival in 2014 to perform the “Bang Danjos”. The performance is so popular that the Queen’s Theatre was sold out that night.
As an educator, Ms. Chang has been a guest instructor/lecturer at the UBC Asian Cultural Center, the Vancouver Education Bureau, the BC Chinese Music Association, and she was invited by the Conservatory of Regina to teach Guzheng, Sanxian and Yi. After that, she founded the Guzheng Art Academy and the academy soon became the first school to receive a level-10 certificate. She also led her students to Bellingham to perform the Guzheng ensemble: Dance of the Yao, Battling Typhoon. The Washington musicians hailed her as “the pearl of the East” that night.