Haochen Zhang, Van Cliburn Artist
3/23/2012 9:18:30 AM
"This young man right now is playing at a level equal to or better than many of the established pianists on the recital circuit. If you have the opportunity to hear him live, by all means, do so!"
- Christian Hertzog, San Diego Arts
"Zhang impressed with depth of musical understanding and subtle expressive nuance . . . at the competition's end, he was the musician I'd walk across town to hear."
- Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
"Zhang is a pianist with ample reserves of power whose imagination seems nonetheless most kindled by subtle delicacy."
- Matthew Guerrieri, The Boston Globe
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The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Haochen Zhang (pronounced How-chen Jhang) “demonstrated a musical maturity almost unimaginable in one so young,” observed Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News. The youngest participant in the competition at 19, the pianist was previously recognized for his prodigious talent as the youngest winner of the 2007 China International Piano Competition when he was 17 years old.
A sensitive musician and insightful programmer, Mr. Zhang is in demand worldwide for orchestral and recital engagements. He launched his first year as a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist with over 60 performances, including prestigious engagements with the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Academy, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, La Jolla Music Society, as part of Carnegie Hall’s “Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture”, and with the San Francisco Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic Orchestras. He also made a triumphant return to his native China as soloist at the Beijing Music Festival in the winter of 2009, in addition to appearances in Germany, England, Poland, Turkey, and Korea.
In the summer of 2010, Mr. Zhang celebrated his Cliburn win in a gala event featuring all three medalists of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition with the National Orchestra of the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo. In June 2010 he opened the summer season at the Mann Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, playing Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto with the Philadelphia Orchestra in a performance that led Philadelphia Inquirer music critic David Patrick Stearns to exclaim November 2010 Haochen Zhang/2009 Cliburn Gold Medalist that “an extraordinary talent is in our midst.” He also made his New York City recital debut at Avery Fisher Hall as part of the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in July.
Highlights of the 2010-2011 season include solo recitals with the Gilmore Rising Stars Recital Series in Michigan, the Celebrity Series in Boston, and the Cliburn Concerts series in Texas. Mr. Zhang will also appear with the acclaimed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Tel Aviv, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30 with Maestro Roberto Abbado, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Nicholas Milton. Other engagements will take him across all regions of the United States, as well as Asia and Europe, in solo recitals and appearances with orchestras such as the Krakow Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, and Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
Haochen Zhang’s Cliburn Competition performances of Stravinsky’s Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka; Chopin’s Twenty-four Preludes, Op. 28; Mason Bates’ White Lies for Lomax; and Liszt’s Spanish Rhapsody were released by harmonia mundi in 2009. His complete competition performances are available at Cliburn.tv.
Mr. Zhang has a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity that is nurtured through his continuing studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Gary Graffman. His early training was at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and in 2001 at the age of 11, he was admitted to the Shenzhen Arts School, where he studied under Professor Dan Zhaoyi.
A voracious reader with an interest in a variety of genres, including great works of literature as well as science and history, Mr. Zhang also writes poetry, composes music, and improvises popular music. In his leisure time, he excels at ping pong and snooker. Born in Shanghai, China, Haochen Zhang now lives in Philadelphia.