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VIVIAN CHANG-FREIHEIT : PIANIST

Vivian Chang Freiheit made her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at age 16, performing Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. As collaborator with singers and instrumentalists, she has performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the 92nd Street Y. During the 2016 summer season, Vivian performed as Artist-in-Residence at the Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy and as faculty of Phoenix Phest based at Eastern Michigan University. She is also a core member of ASCAP/NEA award winning Chameleon Arts Ensemble and has performed live on WGBH Boston on multiple occasions. The Boston Musical Intelligencer recently described Vivian’s playing as “soulful, passionate, playful… and her sense of ensemble brilliant.”

Vivian studied both piano and violin at the Oberlin College-Conservatory, where she graduated Pi Kappa Lambda and was recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award. She continued her studies as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, where she was a student of Samuel Sanders and earned her Master and Doctorate degrees in Collaborative Piano. As the recipient of the first Citibank-Juilliard Stipendium she studied as a vocal coach at the Leipzig Opera House and with Phillip Moll in Berlin, while living in Germany for two years.

Vivian currently makes her home in Pleasantville, NY, where she teaches both piano and violin and brings interactive music making to schools in metropolitan NY. She is also a passionate advocate for inclusion and Special Needs interests; In March of 2016, the Westchester Jewish Council awarded Vivian the Julian Y. Bernstein Distinguished Service Award for creating and running Special Needs programming for individuals and their families within her local community.


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