SU Chang began to learn the guzheng (or Chinese zither) at the age of six. She was trained first by Changping Yin and then Wang Zhou before entering China’s Central Conservatory of Music in 2006. After graduating, she chose to continue her artistic exploration and pursue a master's degree in the same institution. In 2012, She became a member of the faculty in her alma mater.
Winner of the "Long Yin" Competition for Chinese Instruments (2002) and of the National Competition for Chinese Instruments (2007) organized by CCTV (Central Television of China), SU’s performance is full of power and elegance. Known for the oriental charm exuding from her ingenious techniques, she could effortlessly master works of various forms and themes.
She made her debut on the world stage by interpreting Mothership, composition of Mason Bates, at the Sydney Opera House, under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas.
In recent seasons, she has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Mannheim National Theater Orchestra, Mexico National Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Gulf Coast ... She is regularly invited by renowned Chinese orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra of China, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Opera Orchestra of China, the Radio China Chinese Orchestra, Orchestra of the NCPA (National Center for Performing Arts), Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Guiyang Symphony Orchestra with conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Shao-chia Lü, Muhai Tang, Zuohuang Chen, Feng Yu, Douglas Droste, Jiapeng Peng, Xincao Li, and Huichang Yan.
SU Chang has given concerts both in recital and with orchestras in many major venues around the world - Symphony Center in Chicago, Tonhalle Zürich, KKL Luzern, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Cadogan Hall in London, Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, United Nations Headquarters in New York, Müpa Budapest, Budavár Palace, Staatstheater Cottbus, and more than 40 Chinese halls including NCPA, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Guangzhou Xinghai Concert Hall and Macao Cultural Center.
Her repertoire includes traditional and contemporary works from the 3rd to the 21st century. Chang Su has had the privilege of working with composers such as Xiaogang Ye, Tan Dun, Mei-Ann Chen, Victor Chang, Chongqing Fang, Guoping Jia, Danhong Wang, and Artyom Kim. She has also performed the first creation of many works of these composers.
In addition to her activities as a soloist, she is passionate about chamber music, with both Western and Eastern instruments. She plays regularly with Yu Guo (suona), Qiong Wu (pipa), Xiaoxia Zhao (guqin), Rui Ma (percussion), and Juan Li (Chinese flutes).
Her first album, Identity (guzheng concerto), recorded by Warner Brothers for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution of 1911, was released in the US in 2010. Since then, she has recorded another 4 disks in China - Rushi, Yunchangsu, Tianrenheyi and Chanchayiwei.