Choong-Jin (CJ) Chang

Instructor, Viola

A native of Seoul, Korea, Choong-Jin (CJ) Chang joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as associate principal viola in November 1994 and became principal viola in April 2006. He made his performance debut as a 12 year-old violinist with the Seoul Philharmonic as winner of the grand prize in Korea’s Yook Young National Competition. In 1981, at the age of 13, he moved to the United States to attend The Juilliard School. He subsequently studied in Philadelphia at the Esther Boyer College of Music of Temple University and finally at the Curtis Institute of Music, from which he received degrees in both violin and viola. His primary teachers were Jascha Brodsky and retired Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Viola Joseph de Pasquale. Alongside his extensive performing activities, Chang is a respected teacher on both violin and viola. Among his former pupils are current members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as several winners of major competitions.

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