Originally from Beijing, China, KaMan Chang is in her second year of graduate school in Scoring for Media at NYU. She is one of the winners of the 2019-2020 NYU Film Scoring Competition. She participates at 2020 ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop and was chosen to be one of the five final composers to score the selected films. She has collaborated with many different artists, including directors, game developers, and fashion designers. Many films she scored have been awarded and selected for multiples screenings, including the award winning films and documentary, The Dark Color of Coal or Night (2019) by YiFei Chen, My father’s secret (2016) by Yumeng Zhang and Before He Starts (2020) by Xin Fang.
Coming from a classical background, she learned piano when she was young. At the age of 18, she moved to the US and started to learn composition in Walnut Hill High School for the Arts under Whitman Brown. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Composition from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Robert Morris, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Oliver Schneller. In her senior year, she found her new interested in film scoring. She moved to NYC after finishing college, and currently studies film scoring with Irwin Fisch, Chris Hajian, John Kaefer and Mark Suozzo at NYU.
She believes a good film composer is also a fantastic story teller. Sometimes, with music, the film means more than just by itself. She likes to explore unique texture and individual voice, in order to use her music to help capture the details, mood and deliver the meaning of the movies. She is able to compose various genres of music, for instance, classical, commercial, electronics and hybrid of synths and instrumental. Besides being a composer for both media and concert, she is also a pianist, orchestrator, arranger and music copyist.