12-year-old Jerry Chang studies piano with Ms. Zena Ilyashov, starting at the age of four. Jerry has competed and won top prizes in many competitions, including four-time 1st prize at the Missouri Music Teachers Association's State Competition, Gold Medal of Steinway Junior Piano Competition of the St. Louis division, Best Chopin and Best Mendelssohn Performance at the Great Composers Competition, and 1st prize in the Southern Illinois University Young Pianist Competition. In 2017, Jerry won 3rd prize at the prestigious Kaufman Youth International Piano Competition, Junior Division, which culminated in a performance with the other winners at New York's Merkin Hall.
Jerry had his orchestral debut at the age of 9 and performed Kabalevsky's Concerto No.3 with the Alton Symphony Orchestra in Illinois, as the winner of the Deborah Fox Guild Award. In 2018, he was selected to perform Mozart's Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K459,1 movement, with Virtuosi Brunensis Orchestra at Basilica san Pietro, Perugia, Italy. Also In 2018, Jerry was selected to perform on NPR's "From the Top" radio show in Boston. He performed 2 solo pieces for the program's annual gala and was interviewed by NPR's "All Things Considered" emeritus host Robert Siegel. In 2019, Jerry was invited to perform at St Louis Arts and Education Council's Arts Award Gala in recognition of Excellence in Philanthropy honorees Noemi and Michael Neidorff. Jerry's performances were also featured on Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis Classic 107.3 and WXQR New York Classic Radio Station. Jerry has participated in chamber music at Community Music School of Webster University and e-Piano Musikfest in Minnesota. He has taken master classes from renowned musicians such as Sasha Starcevich, Ilana Vered, Jerome Lowenthal, Nataliya Trull, Sara Tal, Steve Spooner, Alexander Braginsky, Alexandr Sklioutovsky, Jin Zhang, Ting Zhou, Eric Zuber and Ruth Slenczynska.
Outside of concert halls, Jerry enjoys spreading the joy of music with the community, giving performances to friends and family, schools, different culture festivals for local communities, senior living centers, and volunteers as an accompanist for local ensembles.
Jerry attends 6th grade at Forsyth school. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer with his Scott Gallagher club team, playing tennis, competing in state/national math competitions, and writing stories about music and mythology.
Jerry is extremely grateful to his teacher Ms. Zena Ilyashov, his parents, Community Music School of Webster University, St. Louis Radio Arts Foundation and the G.A. Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Foundation for their continuous support.