Elliot Chang is a Berkeley-based composer who engages the public through musical discussions on fundamental topics, such as love and nature. He ultimately hopes to create a more beautiful world through expression, self-reflection, and appreciation. Elliot presents a unique challenge in finding beauty within an environmental scientist's curiosity to understand the world and a musician's dream to influence the emotional space around him.
Elliot Chang (b. 1994) began his musical studies at the age of 7 on the piano and began learning the cello at the age of 10. Elliot's first success as a composer came in 2011 with an ASTA Merle Isaac Composition Contest award for his Fantasia in E minor. During his time at Princeton University, Elliot maintained involvement in music while pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. He was the Co-President of the Undergraduate Composer’s Collective and partnered frequently with the Princeton Pianists Ensemble, highlighted by his Elegy Amoresque (2015) premiere at Steinway Hall. Elliot graduated Princeton University in May 2016 with an Environmental Engineering degree, a certificate in Sustainable Energy, and a member of the Sigma Xi Honor Society. Elliot received his Carnegie Hall debut as a composer in early 2017 for his string orchestra commission, Dancing in the Redwoods (2017), dedicated to the United Nations International School. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, and strives to maintain a healthy balance between his scientific and musical careers.
Elliot's latest stage in music has been at Christ Church, a presbyterian church in Berkeley. He has begun writing new hymns and arranging works for the musical ensembles there in order to convey messages of unity, peace, and love.