Lider Chang

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Lider Chang

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Lider Chang

He was appointed principal timpanist of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the most prestigious orchestras in China, by Maestro Long Yu in 2012. Also teaches at Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou as Director of Percussion Studies. Before this, he was the principal timpanist of Guiyang Symphony Orchestra (2010-2012, China) and Evergreen Symphony Orchestra (2005-2010, Taiwan) . In 2006, he was invited by Shanghai International Percussion Festival to perform a timpani concerto with Lien Percussion Group from Taiwan. Besides orchestral music, he is a versatile percussionist whose wide performance repertoire ranges from playing drum-set with several jazz and pop groups to playing contemporary music with Guangzhou Percussion Ensemble, which is the only professional percussion group in southern China. In 2015, he played David Metheny's Concerto for solo drumset with Guangzhou Percussion Ensemble at Macau Culture Center. Since coming back to Asia in 2005, he has given several master classes both in Taiwan and China, and host clinics for timpanists/percussionists of Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, NDR Symphonic Orchestra, as well as drum-set masters, such as Dennis Chambers, John Riley, etc. As a dedicated educator, Chang started the first Chinese blog for percussion education in Taiwan, it was recommended by the China Times as one of the best blog of the year. Recently he started writing a series of percussion educational articles on Sina Weibo to promote drumming/percussion arts in China, the average page views are more than 50,000 hits per article. Currently is the column writer for percussion on Music Weekly in China. His latest projects include writing new songs with his band, Soul Project, for the Midi Festival(Shenzhen, China) and 430 South Festival(Guangzhou) in 2014, and giving seminars and master classes in music schools throughout China and Taiwan.