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Samantha Chang

Name: Samantha Chang
Photo - Samantha Chang
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Canada M1S 1E6
Contact: www.samanthaflute.com

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Additional Info: Canadian flutist, Samantha Chang is a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England where she also received her Diploma of Postgraduate Performance with Merit standing under the tutelage of Clare Southworth and Kate Hill for flute, Patricia Morris and Philip Rowson for piccolo, Lisa Beznosiuk for Baroque flute, and Janet Way for flute pedagogy. She began her musical studies at the age of 13 with Mizi Tan, renowned professor from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and at the age of 17 obtained her ARCT Performer's Diploma and later her ARCT Teacher's Diploma both with First Class Honours under the guidance of Margot Rydall, noted instructor at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Shortly after commencing flute lessons, Samantha began to study piano with Marisa Wei and theory with Erhei Liang. After her 16th birthday, she also started cello lessons with Ming Yao Sheng and later James Xia.

In Canada, Samantha can be seen in performance with various ensembles throughout the Greater Toronto regions. She has also performed in the United States, England, Hungary, and Germany as both an orchestra member and soloist. Samantha has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships from different festivals, and has met and played for a few of the world-renowned flutists such as Susan Hoeppner, Tadeu Coelho, Jeff Zook, Toke Lund Christiansen, Paul Edmund-Davies, Peter Lloyd, and William Bennett.

Over the years, Samantha has maintained an impressive music studio full of dedicated students. Many of whom have completed their ARCT examinations at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and have received many awards at various music festivals.

Since her return to Canada in 2008, Samantha has become the director of the Canadian Flute Association, assistant conductor of CAST Chamber Orchestra and OCMS-YSO (under the direction of conductor Chuen Tam), and orchestral manager of CAST Philomusica Orchestra. In 2010, Samantha began a new bi-annual music series “Music Tutti” which showcase talents from across Ontario, while donating all proceeds to a charitable organization in the community. In its first year, the concert housed an audience of over 600 people and raised $3325 for Dixon Hall Senior Program.

Samantha’s debut album "Flute Sketches" was released in March 2009 followed by the tour “Sketching with my Flute” which included eleven cities in Canada, recitals in England and China, along with eleven performances in Taiwan. The tour made its final stop in New York City at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in March 2010.

Last year, Samantha was awarded with the Ontario Volunteer Award for ten years of service in the community under the nomination of the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto. Due to her passion for music, Samantha often voluntarily performs at numerous retirement homes and charitable events. She also frequents many schools as both a workshop instructor and mentor for young rising flutists. Sharing music has become an integral part of Samantha’s life, and she hopes to continue contributing to the community at large through the joy of music.

Additional Specialisms: Orchestral Playing, Session Work, Solo Performance
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