David ChangThe Charlie and Ling Zhang Chair
Since joining Pacific Symphony in 2009, David has been a musical powerhouse both on stage and beyond. He has graced some of the world's leading orchestras—including the Pittsburgh Symphony, National Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. With the latter, he embarked on exhilarating tours across Asia and Europe. In 2012, the Seoul Philharmonic invited David to perform as principal clarinet under the esteemed conductor Myung-Whun Chung. His summer sojourns are no less impressive, featuring residencies at iconic festivals such as Vail Bravo, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Edinburgh International Festival, Grafenegg Music Festival, and BBC Proms with the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a chamber musician, David even toured Japan alongside the principal players of the Vienna Philharmonic.
Beyond the stage, David is deeply committed to nurturing the next generation of musicians. He offers private lessons, guiding his students toward musical mastery and helping them gain acceptance into illustrious institutions like the Curtis Institute of Music, Juilliard, and USC. Notably, one of his proteges clinched the Albert M. Greenfield competition and earned the extraordinary privilege of performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra. David enjoys the intimate setting of chamber music with his brother and friends, sharing his love for music in the most personal way.