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. Not long after studying both instruments, Elliot began writing original works as etudes for himself to practice. He graduated from the United Nations International School (UNIS), writing his IB Diploma thesis on the relationship between Robert Schumann's degenerative bipolarity and his musical style.
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 was the Co-President of the Undergraduate Composer’s Collective and partnered with the Princeton Pianists Ensemble.
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. He is currently pursuing a PhD at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. He received his Carnegie Hall debut with the UNIS string orchestra in 2017, performing his folk-tune based Dancing in the Redwoods.
Elliot currently writes original chamber works for Christ Church East Bay to create positive change and peace in his local community.