Pei-You Chang |
Photographer: Wang Weijun
Peiyou Chang was born in Taipei, Taiwan. At age 3 her father sat her in front of a piano and there began her musical education. At age 8 she studied the Guzheng. However she gave up both piano and Guzheng while under the pressure of entering college. At age 30, the 3rd year after she moved to New York, she revived her musical life with the love of Guqin music. She has been playing and studying the Guqin since 2000, and was taught initially by Mr. Yuan Jung-Ping. Peiyou's Guqin style is most influenced by her favorite qin Master Wu Zhao-Ji (1908-1997) from Suzho, China.
Peiyou has participated in numerous guqin performances and activities in New York, London, Japan, Taiwan and China, and has performed and given lectures about the guqin at Yale, the Eastman School of Music, Kean University, the China Institute in NYC, Binghamton University, SOAS University of London, and local communities in New York State. Peiyou is devoted to Guqin music reconstruction, composition, promotion and performance both solo and ensemble. In Feb 2021, she was elected to be the 4th president of the New York Qin Society.