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'Musical Olympics' winner comes to Los Alamos

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The Los Alamos Concert Association presents Haochen Zhang, at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Zhang is the gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Established in 1962 and held every four years, the Cliburn competition is considered by many to be the most prestigious classical piano competition in the world.  The Milwaukee Journal called it “the musical Olympics” and  PBS televised the 2009 competition as “A Surprise in Texas: The Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,” featuring the finalists vying for the coveted gold medal. Zhang shared the top prize with Nobuyuki Tsujii and become the youngest pianist, at age 19, to win the competition.
In addition to receiving cash prizes, the gold medal winners of the Van Cliburn competition are awarded three years of career management and artistic services, including the booking of national tours and international engagements.
Since winning the competition, Zhang has entertained audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia.  
Describing Zhang’s appearance with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Uri Eppstein of the Jerusalem Post wrote, “Such a combination of enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness is s phenomenon encountered vary rarely.”


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