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A native Taiwanese, Lider Chang played with Evergreen and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra from 2005-2011. He was appointed as Principal Timpanist of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra in China in 2012, and has held the position of Associate Professor of Percussion Studies at Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou since 2014.
Besides orchestra concerts, Chang plays solo works and chamber concerts regularly as well. In January 2014, he premiered Michael Daugherty’s timpani concerto “Raise the Roof” in China with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. In April 2015, he premiered David Mancini’s drum set concerto with Guangzhou Percussion Ensemble in Macau. In 2016, he premiered Jacobs TV and Gene Koshiski’s chamber works at the 2nd Contemporary Music Festival in Guangzhou. In 2019, he premiered Alex Orfaly’s Rhapsody #2 in Shenzhen. More recently, he premiered a 2 pianos and percussions version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring in Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2021.
He has worked with renowned conductors such as Christoph Eschenbach, Lorin Maazel, Antoni Wit, Eiji Oue, Claus Peter Flor, John Nelson, Long Yu, and has performed as guest principal with the Macau Orchestra, NCPA Orchestra in Beijing, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Harbin Symphony Orchestra, among others.
As an active educator, he has given masterclasses throughout Taiwan and China, as well as in Hong Kong, Macau and Seoul. In 2020, he collaborated with the Beijing Music Festival, filming an online orchestral percussion 101 course for band directors and students in China, and is actively teaching via online streaming.
He endorses Adams Timpani/Mallet Instruments, Black Swamp Percussion, Canopus Drums, Schlagwerk Percussion, Zildjian Cymbals, Freer Percussion, Insound Mallets, and has his signature snare drum sticks made by Playwood Percussion in Japan.