“with sound, spontaneity and expressive
powers of a mature stellar romanticist ... with blazing temperament ...
Guo is a rare world-class talent.” ---- THE STRAD(London)
Virtuoso violinist Chang Guo, born in Nanjing, China, has been playing the violin since the age of three under the instruction of his father. Professor Guo-Guang Guo. He started giving public performances at the age of six and achieved national fame in his native China from ten. One of his early performances was used as part of a film called, "Chinese Child Prodigies Collection," which was shown internationally.
In 1981, Chang was invited by the chairman of the Chinese Federation of Musicians to give a public recital in Beijing. This was the first time ever for a ten-year-old child to play a full- length public recital in China. The concert was broadcast by the Chinese National Television and the Chinese International Radio Station. In 1986, he was the first classical musician performed in the live televised annual program "Chinese New Year Celebration" with viewers of more than five hundred million.
Chang won the first prize in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition at the age of fourteen, and proceeded to win many other prestigious international awards, including major prizes from Carl Flesch (UK), Ludwig Spohr (Germany), Rodolfo Lipizer (Italy), and Yfrah Neaman (Germany) International Competitions.
Chang has studied with Professor Yao-Ji Lin at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Professor Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he received the highest honor of the Concert Recital Diploma from the school, and Professor Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music in USA where he graduated with MM Degree and Performer's Certificate. He has also studied with Mr. Jeremy Zhu for more
than a year.
Chang has concertized as a soloist and recitalist in numerous countries in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. He has performed as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the City of London Sinfonia, SWF Sinfonia, the London Mozart Players, Orchesta Sinfonica de Chile, and the Central Symphony Orchestra of China, among many others. He has collaborated with conductors such as Yehudi Menuhin, Yuzo Toyama, Bryden Thomson, Mu-Hi Tang, and Irwin Hoffman. He has been invited as a guest artist in music festivals such as the Varna International Summer Art Festival, Llangollen International Eisteddford, and the Flagstaff Festival
of the Arts.
Chang has appeared in the world's leading concert halls such as Barbican Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elisabeth Hall, the Beijing Music Hall and People's Great Hall. His performances have been broadcast in China, United Kingdom and Germany. The live recital produced by the BBC reached an estimated 25 million listeners across the globe. Chang Guo became a Christian in 1995, and co-found PEMM in 2000.