Zhishu Chang’s music has been described as “dynamic, creative and inclusive with influences from traditional Chinese music.” Artistically, she strives for expressing humanity issues and arousing people’s environmental awareness through her compositions.
Zhishu Chang has collaborated with the Talea Ensemble, Beijing Contemporary Soloists, China Academia Symphony Orchestra, China Huaxia National Orchestra, Trio Clavino, Pennsylvania Piano Quartet, and saxophonist Ryan Muncy. Her work Polar Margin for piano quartet was performed by the Pennsylvania Piano Quartet in the Lancaster International Piano Festival. In 2018, Zhishu attended the first session of the International Composition Technology conference in Beijing, where premiered Xiaokanxi for the vocal quartet in fugue. In 2021, the large chamber ensemble work Into the Red was performed by Talea Ensemble at Peabody Friedberg Hall. Additionally, she participated in masterclasses with Prof. Joel Hoffman, Fredrik Schwenk, Johannes Schöllhorn, Fabian Panisello, and Tony Arnold.
Zhishu’s recent accomplishments include first prize in the American Pennsylvania Piano Trio Composition Competition in 2020, first prize in the Pennsylvania Piano Quartet” Composition Competition in 2019, the Excellence Award in the Trio Clavino Composition Competition in 2018, and first prize in the Donne in Musica International Composition Competition in 2017.
Zhishu received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the China Conservatory of Music in 2020, studying with notable Chinese composer Mr. Wanchun Shi. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music degree in Composition at the Peabody Institute, where she studies with Dr. Felipe Lara. In her spare time, she is specifically interested in Chinese calligraphy and drawing.