Past Event

Mid-Day Music - War of the Romantics @ Faculty House

December 6, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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Friday, December 6, 2019

1-2pm | Garden Room 2 | Faculty House | 64 Morningside Dr.

Come join us in the Garden Room at Faculty House, where Students and Music Associates from Columbia University's Music Performance Program will be showcased in an afternoon recital series.

Heather Chang, piano & Thomas Lim, cello

Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 14 No. 1 in E Major
Schumann Adagio and Allegro Op. 70
Liszt Mephisto Waltz No. 1
Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 102 No. 1




About the performers: 

Taiwanese-American pianist Heather Hsun Chang has already performed quite extensively, both as a very young pianist in her hometown, Taipei, and in more recent years, in various cities on both coasts of the United States. Heather is currently a junior at Columbia University majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior, and she is a part of the Columbia Music Performance Program studying under Reiko Uchida and Magdalena Baczewska. She attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music Pre-College Division where she was a Hurlbut-Johnson Preparatory scholar.

Heather has participated in numerous piano competitions and was a top prize winner in the New York Piano Competition, the American Prize, the Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition, the ENKOR International Piano Competition, Ross McKee Piano Competition, Pacific Musical Society Competition, the San Francisco Chopin Competition, and the Kawaii Piano Competition, Taiwan Regional. To add on, Heather was chosen as a finalist winner for the National YoungArtsFoundation and was invited to 2015 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida.

Her musical studies continue in the summer, when she attended Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine studying under Douglas Humpherys, Morningside Music Bridge Music Festival in Calgary, Canada, Southeastern Piano Festival in South Carolina, Dominican University Chamber Camp in San Rafael, and Walnut Hill Music Festival in Boston, all with scholarships. In November of 2015, she was interviewed by Palo Alto Weekly in the article “A Passion for Piano” ( Her previous piano teachers include Corey McVicar, Chiao-Han Liao, and Mack McCray.

Besides music, she enjoys working in the Axel Laboratory in Columbia’s Zuckerman Institute, researching about olfactory neural circuits and CO2-specific dopaminergic neurons in Drosophila. For more information, please visit


Named a National YoungArts Foundation Winner in 2019, Korean-American Cellist Thomas Lim is the recipient of numerous awards including first prize at the MTAC VOCE Competition, the Diablo Valley College/Holy Names University (DVC/HNU) Young Artists’ Concerto Competition, the Korea Times Youth Music Competition, the Diablo Symphony Orchestra Yen Liang Concerto Competition, and has been a prize winner in competitions including the New York International Artists Association Cello Competition, the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Blount-Slawson Young Artists’ Competition, and the Nova Vista Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition.

Thomas has worked with esteemed artists such as Lynn Harrell, Hans Jorgen Jensen, Gilbert Kalish, David Finckel, Patricia McCarty, Soovin Kim, and members of the American, Tokyo, Orion, Juilliard, Schumann, Formosa, Escher, and Alexander String Quartets. Thomas previously studied with Jonathan Koh, pedagogue at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the San Francisco, California and Minja Hyun, Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Thomas is currently a freshman at Columbia University in the City of New York and studies with DarrettAdkins at the Juilliard School as part of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange Program.



 All events are sponsored by Columbia University's Music Performance Program and are free and open to the public.

Mid-Day Music @ Columbia offers live music to a general audience, following the tradition established by Aaron Warner and Isidor Isaac Rabi, great lovers of music whose memories live on at Faculty House.