matthewchangMatthew Chang, 12-Year Old Award-Winning Pianist, in Live Concert

Performing Two of Chopin's Most Uplifting Works, at the Polish Ambassador's Residence, Streamed on Zoom. All welcome to attend.

  • Washington, DC (October 14, 2020) Twelve-year-old award-winning classical pianist Matthew Chang will perform two of Chopin’s most consequential pieces in a performance that is sure to delight the program’s online audience.
  • The performance marks the return of The Embassy Series, which boasts 27 years of bringing music to the nation’s capital via the international community. Recent events inspired Jerome Barry, the founder of the Embassy Series, to continue the series online rather than wait.
  • “Culture and the arts have the power to demonstrate that we have more in common than what divides us,” Barry says. “That’s even more important now that humanity must come together to counter this global crisis.”
    • With this concert, we also highlight two anniversaries that Poles and the international community celebrate this year:
      • the 40th anniversary of Poland’s Solidarity movement – a trade union and a mass peaceful movement that inspired democratic change throughout Central and Eastern Europe
      • – as well as the 210th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, celebrated in Poland – and beyond – as the Year of Fryderyk Chopin.
  • “Chopin once said that his goal was to ‘try to express the soul and the heart of humanity,’ as well as ‘the soul and heart of the people of Poland and around the world who share the same values of peace and freedom,’” noted H.E. Piotr Wilczek, Poland’s Ambassador to the United States.
  • Chang, a Gifted and Talented student at the Kirov Academy in Washington, DC, has won international awards for his renditions of Chopin, including the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition and the Kosciuszko Foundation Chopin Competition. By the age of seven, he had played at Carnegie Hall, performed with the Washington Conservatory Orchestra and made his European debut in the Metallener Saal Musikverein in Austria. He has been studying piano with Dr. Kuei-I Wu for six years

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