Award-winning violinist Sarah Chang coming to Athens

August 26, 2019

Sarah Chang sitting in a nice green dress.

ATHENS, Ga. —UGA Presents is bringing award-winning violinist Sarah Chang to Athens Sept. 19 for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Hodgson Concert Hall. Chang will be joined by pianist Julio Elizalde for a program that includes works by Béla Bartók, César Franck, Edward Elgar, Antonín Dvorák and Maurice Ravel.

Chang made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight and has since forged an international career spanning more than two decades. She has appeared with all the major North American orchestras, and she regularly travels the world, performing throughout Europe and Asia.

Along with Pete Sampras, Wynton Marsalis and Tom Brady, Chang has been a featured artist in Movado’s global advertising campaign “The Art of Time.” In 2006, she was featured in Newsweek magazine’s “Women and Leadership, 20 Powerful Women Take Charge” issue, and in 2008, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for her professional achievements, commitment to society and potential in shaping the future of the world.

Chang received the Harvard University Leadership Award in 2012, and in 2005, Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in her name. In 2004, she was awarded the Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana Prize in Siena, Italy. Other distinctions include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year Award, Germany’s Echo Schallplattenpreis, Newcomer of the Year honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London and Korea’s Nanpa Award.

In 2011, Chang was named an official artistic ambassador by the United States Department of State.

Tickets for Sarah Chang’s concert start at $30 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).

A pre-performance talk will be given by Theresa Chafin, a graduate of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music. The talk begins at 6:45 p.m. in Ramsey Concert Hall.

The concert is supported by John A. Maltese and Dr. Janice Simon.

Hodgson Concert Hall and Ramsey Concert Hall are located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.