As the laureate of the 2007 International Markneukirchen and the 2007 Sion-Valais International Violin Competitions, Sunmi Chang has performed widely to much acclaim throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. In 2008, she was the soloist of the Yale Philharmonia's tour to Seoul, Beijing, and Shanghai, performing the Beethoven Violin Concerto.

She started her studies at the age of 7 with Prof. Nam-Yun Kim in South Korea. She won several national competitions such as the Wol-Gan, the Junior Korean Newspaper, and Cho-Sun Daily Newspaper Competitions before leaving Korea to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School in England in 1995. While a student, she performed regularly in such prestigious venues as Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, and Royal Albert Hall. In 1998 & 1999 she toured with the YMS orchestra playing Bach Double Concerto for 2 violins conducted by Lord Menuhin in UNESCO Headquarter in Paris and Guildford Cathedral in U.K. Upon graduation, she went to Berlin to study with Prof Eberhard Feltz at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule. She has taken part in various festivals and masterclasses with Mauricio Fuks, Zakhar Bron, Robert Masters, Zvi Zeitlin, Rainer Kussmaul, Midori, Lord Menuhin and others.

An active chamber musician, Ms. Chang won first prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and has collaborated with renowned artists such as Kim Kashkashian, Donald Weilerstein, Atar Arad, Andre Watts, Fred Sherry, Steven Taylor, St.Lawrence Quartet, David Shifrin, Wu Han, Marcy Rosen, Paul Neubauer, Edward Arron, and David Finckel. In 2006 and 2007 she was invited to take part in the Rising Stars Series at the Caramoor Chamber Music Festival. In 2009 she also took part at Music@Menlo as one of 11 international program artists, and was invited back for their Winter Residency Program. And in 2010 she was invited by the Chamber Music Northwest Summer Festival.

 

She completed her studies with Peter Oundjian and Ani Kavafian in 2009, earning the Artist Diploma and the Master of Music degree at Yale University, where she also won the 2006 Yale School of Music Concerto Competition. In 2009 she has won a full-time position at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and has been performing with them since then.

 

As well as being an active performer she very much enjoys educating the next generation. She has been a faculty at the Chamber Music Institute Program at Music@Menlo since 2013. She has also been an active board member and a judge of the SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition since 2014.
She currently plays on a Giulio Degani, made in Venice in 1903.