Annie Chang-Center, viola/piano
Annie Chang-Center is a violist and pianist. She started performing as a pianist in her native Taiwan for foreign dignitaries when she was six years old. Since she came to the U.S. at thirteen, Annie has performed in Europe, Asia and the U.S. as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician.
Annie has performed as a piano soloist with major symphony orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. As a violist, she has performed at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Olympic, Utah, Prague, Red Rocks, and Music In The Mountains Festivals and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard, Guarneri, Emerson, Cleveland and Philadelphia string quartets.
When living in Arizona, she was the assistant principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony, the principal violist of the Phoenix Symphony Sinfonietta and the Arizona Chamber Orchestra for which she performed regularly as a viola soloist. She was also the pianist of the Concorda Trio with cellist Michael Center and violinist Dana Pasley.
Currently, Annie plays in the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In the recent years, she has also performed in the Arizona Musicfest Orchestra in Scottsdale, AZ, the Black Pearl Orchestra in Philadelphia, PA, South Florida Symphony in Key West, FL, and the Seattle Opera.
An arts administrator, teacher and visual artist, Annie Chang-Center is a string coach for the Seattle public schools, Cornish Summer Music, Summer Sounds, Bellevue Youth Symphony and Seattle Chamber Music Society’s ‘Music In The Classroom’ Program. Annie Chang-Center was the marketing and artistic director for the Academy Of Music Northwest for five years. She has created multimedia presentations for live concerts for numerous orchestras and created promotional videos for Intercultural Journeys and Red Rocks Music Festival.
Annie is also a writer for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) newsletters and is passionate about performing in concerts to benefit organizations that provide assistance to homeless people, refugees and victims of natural disasters.