Li-Ly Chang, pianist, composer, teacher, and chamber musician. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from National Taiwan University and a Master of Music from West Texas A&M University. She also did special graduate studies at Peabody Conservatory of Music in piano, composition and chamber music. Ms. Chang has studied with Bill Evans, Stanley Potter, Sacha Gorodnitzki, Leon Fleisher, Sequeira Costa, Fernando Laires, Walter Hautzig, Jack Winerock and Ming Tcherepnin.
She has received many awards, Teachers' Enrichment Grants from Maryland State Music Teachers and Montgomery County Music Teachers Association, Jordan Kitts Music Grant; Commissioned Composer of Maryland State Music Teachers 2011, other grants from Maryland State Arts Council, Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Executive Ball Fund, Harmonics Consulting; Commissioned Composer of Maryland State Music Teachers 2011 and has given recitals, lecture recitals, workshops and performed concertos in Asia, Europe and the U.S. She is a board member for Maryland State Music Teachers', Greater Columbia Music Teachers', Washington International Piano Festival, DC Federation Music Club, and a member of Montgomery County Music Teachers Association, Greater Laurel Music Teachers Association, and Friday Morning Music Club.
Currently she teaches piano and Music Appreciation at Montgomery College. Her students have been winning competitions at county, state and international levels. Some of them had gotten music degrees from San Francisco Conservatory and Catholic University of America. In 2015, her long-time piano student Mary, a Jack Cooke Foundation Young Scholar, was accepted into Harvard University. A college student Andre has won the 12th annual International Piano Artists Competition in Washington DC and a gold medal at the Aloha International Competition in Honolulu in 2017. Recently Dylan won the first prize at Marriott Competition and Joseph won the second prize at Marriott Competition. Both of them have played at Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
In February 2022 and 2023 Ms. Chang was featured in the “Meet the Composers: Piano Music by Composers of Asian Heritage”, sponsored by the Frances Clark Center. In April 2023, she was the subject of Xinyu Zhang's doctoral thesis at George Mason University -The Fusion of Chinese and Western Music: A study of traditional and Innovative Musical Elements in Selected Works of Li-Ly Chang. She holds NCTM professional Certification from National Music Teachers Association. Her compositions have been listed with Modern Piano Music by Nancy Breth and A Seat at the Piano by Annie Jung.
She was a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council and is currently the Director of the International Young Artist Piano Competition (IYAPC), a nonprofit organization based in Washington DC. The IYAPC now has participants from United States and countries such as Germany, France, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Indonesia and Canada.