Sebastian Chang

Composer & Pianist


Passionate about music from a young age, I create vibrant, relevant music in reaction to the multitudinous and pressing issues of today’s world.

My career began when I premiered my first major composition, Concertino for Piano and Orchestra, with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, at the age of nine.

At the age of nineteen, I became the youngest three-time winner of the annual BMI Student Composer Awards, in addition to five ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.

I’ve had the good fortune to have my works played by such ensembles as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Louisville Chamber Choir, the NouLou Chamber Players, the Louisville Ballet, and the Louisville Orchestra.

My Classical Symphony, premiered Jan. 29 & Jan. 30, '15, by the Louisville Orchestra, is subject of Episode 9: “First Symphony” of PBS’ “Music Makes a City Now” Original Web Series. Between Heaven and Earth, in collaboration with Kurdish Baghdad-native visual artist Vian Sora, received its premiere by the Louisville Orchestra & Louisville Chamber Choir on Feb. 2 & Feb. 3, '18. My new quartet, Cryptogenic Infrastructure Fantasy, for violin, clarinet, piano, and timpani, received its second performance by Roman Rabinovich & Diana, Alexander, & Franklin Cohen, in Calgary, Canada on Dec. 9, ‘18. I obtained my B.M. in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music & an M.M. in Composition from the University of Southern California.


  1. 3x BMI Student Composer Awards Winner '02 | '05 | '07
  2. 5x ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards Winner '06 | '05 | '04 | '02 | '01
  3. The Davidson Institute Fellowship Program Laureate '02 - $50,000 Scholarship Davidson Fellow Laureate


  1. Cryptogenic Infrastructure Fantasy Preview - Cleveland Classical Jun. 25, '18
  2. Between Heaven & Earth Review - Arts-Louisville Feb. 7, '18
  3. Sebastian in PBS' "Music Makes A City Now" - "First Symphony" Aug. 25, '15
  4. Classical Symphony - Interview by Daniel Gilliam - WUOL Feb. 15, '15
  5. Abrams and Chang Present New Symphony - LEO Weekly Feb. 4, '15
  6. Review: Louisville Orchestra Presents Chang Symphony - WUOL Feb. 1, '15
  7. Flaming Youth. - Night After Night Apr. 10, '06
  8. Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist - NewMusicBox Aug. 9, '02
  9. (Johann) Sebastian Chang - The OC Weekly Dec. 13, '01