Sarah Chang (born December 10, 1980)
is an American violinist of Korean heritage. She asked her parents
for a violin at the age of 3 and auditioned for New York's Juilliard
School at 5. She was recognized as a child prodigy and, when she
was 8, was given the opportunity to audition with such names as Zubin
Mehta and Riccardo Muti, who were working, respectively, with the
New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Both
gave her immediate engagements, and she recorded her debut album
at the age of 9.
Yehudi Menuhin has called her "the most wonderful, the most
perfect, the most ideal violinist I have ever heard".
Awards Sarah Chang has received include:
* Avery Fisher Career Grant (1992)
* Gramophone Magazine "Young Artist of the Year" (1993)
* "Newcomer of the Year" at the International Classical Music Awards
Recordings by Sarah Chang