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Published on Aug 2, 2011
SarahChang was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father, Min-Soo Chang, is a violinist and music teacher. Her mother, Myoung Jun, is a composer. Sarah Chang's parents moved to the United States from South Korea in 1979 for her father's advanced music degree at Temple University. Her mother took composition classes at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1987, when Sarah Chang was 6 years old, she eventually auditioned for and was accepted to the Juilliard School by performing the Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor. Chang spent her weekends attending music classes at Juilliard and shopping in New York City with her parents. In 1989, she began working with Dorothy DeLay at her studio,where her father had received his musical lessons. A former student and assistant to DeLay, Hyo Kang, also provided training to Sarah. In addition to her native English, she is fluent in both Korean and German Following her 1999 high school graduation in New Jersey, she returned to Juilliard for university and studied with DeLay. Due to her musical accomplishments, Sarah Chang is among a very small number of professional figures recognized as a child prodigy.