Belgian pianist Yu-Fen Chang studied and obtained her “diplôme supérieur” from Brussels Royal Conservatory. She has attended master-classes and studied with Vitaly Margulis, Louiz de Moura Castro, Dimitri Bashkirov, John Perry, Pierre Réach and Elisso Virsaladze. Besides being a pianist, She always had great interest in literature. Thomas Mann, Dostojevsky , Marquez, MoYan became her treasured writers.
She has also worked as a freelance writer for magazines and as a journalist for newspapers about cultural life and social events. Besides, Yu-Fen is active in contemporary art world, originating cross-over collaborations; exhibitions….etc. These experiences have played an important role in enriching both her musical understanding and her interpretation.
Yu-Fen likes to perform so called mixed programmes, as she describes: “ I like to give the audience the feeling as though they have taken an emotional sauna. I try to do that by combining the standard romantic repertory of 19th century with either Scarlatti or Bach and on the other hand composers like Lepo Sumera, Tan Dun (much to his pleasure as he stated), Silvestrov, Janacek, Ginastera, Villa Lobos and Schnittke”
In Belgium, her country of residence, she has performed recitals in all the major concert-halls and festivals: KlaraFestival, Midis-Minimes, Ars Musica, BOZAR , Flagey, Handelsbeurs, Brussels Royal Conservatory, … Even in “unusual” places such as prison, airport, mental institutions, botanical garden surrounded by peacocks….
She performs all over Europe, China & Russia, frequently invited by Yuri Bashmet. Even to “December Nights” the most prestigious festival in Russia. She made her acting debut when she played the role of a pianist in the movie ‘Komma’ (directed by Martine Doyen) together with the Belgian singer/actor Arno.
She has performed piano concertos with numerous international orchestras such as : Estonia symphony orchestra, Tallinn Sinfonietta, Belgium national orchestra, Moscow Soloist chamber orchestra, Seoul philharmonic orchestra, Kosovo national orchestra, Ural philharmonic orchestra, Suwon philharmonic orchestra, Kymi sinfonietta.
Besides piano concertos of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov, Mozart, Chopin, Gershiwin, She especially performed many times the piano concertos of Galina Ustvolskaya and Valentin Silvestrov (Epitaph) with Andres Mustonen, Dmitri Liss, and Yuri Bashmet.
In 2016, she was extremely honoured to give a masterclass in the Korean National University of Arts “the cradle of international music competition winners”.
The fall of 2023 will see her touring China with the conductor Yuri Bashmet & Moscow Soloists.