“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…do so!” – San Diego Arts, May 2010
In June 2009, Haochen Zhang became one of the youngest participants and the first Chinese recipient to be awarded the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Immediately following, Haochen Zhang embarked on a worldwide sixty-date tour, with engagements that included a tour of Poland, recitals in Krakow and Lodz, Beijing Music Festival, Worldwide Chinese Festival Orchestra New Year’s Concert at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series, Aspen Festival, Washington Performing Arts Series, and the Hannover Prize Winners Series. Of one of these performances, Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News described him as having “a great storyteller’s sense of timing and tonal nuance. Again and again the ears marvelled at sounds not so much struck, as caressed into being.”
Haochen Zhang gave his debut recital at the Shanghai Concert Hall at the age of five, performing the complete Bach Two-Part Inventions as well as sonatas by Haydn and Mozart. His orchestral debut was made at the age of six and he was awarded first prize at the Shanghai Piano Competition at the ages of seven and nine. Prior to moving to the USA he studied with professor Zhaoyi Dan in Shenzhen, China. .
Mr. Zhang moved to the United States in 2005 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music and to study under world renowned pianist Gary Graffman. The year following, he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto. In 2007 he was the youngest winner of the China International Piano Competition and in 2008 at the age of eighteen, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra performing Mozart D minor Concerto K.466 and the world premiere of a commission by Ryan Gallagher.
Mr. Zhang’s recent orchestral successes have included performances with the Santa Fe, Kansas City, West Lafayette, Long Beach, Anchorage, Quad City, Fort Worth and Philadelphia Orchestras; with the London, Krakow, Belgrade, Israeli and Bydgoszcz Philharmonic Orchestras; and in Asia, Haochen Zhang has enjoyed success with China National, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Singapore Symphony orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
Recent recital successes have included performances at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, in Munich, Ludwigshafen and Berlin, at the Dresden Musikfestpiele and in Italy in Tivoli and Novara. He has also enjoyed collaborating with some of the world’s leading chamber ensembles, including the Tokyo and Shanghai String Quartets.
Future engagements include an extensive tour of Japan, featuring numerous recital dates and two concerto appearances with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa. Concerto dates with the San Francisco Symphony, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Guerzenich Orchestras are also highlights of his 11/12 season. He will also make his Austrian debut with the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra of Hohenems in the coming March and then perform with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Credit : IMG Artists
Cliburn 2009 Haochen Zhang Semifinal Performance
Cliburn 2009 Haochen Zhang Final Recital