Pianist to perform in LACA concert

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By The Staff


The Los Alamos Concert Association will have its final concert of the 2013-2014 season on May 23 and will present Haochen Zhang.  

Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Chinese pianist Zhang, 23, has performed for audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia. 

His return to Fort Worth, Texas, as part of the 2010–2011 Cliburn Concerts series was lauded by the Dallas Morning News as “the kind of program you’d expect from a seasoned master, served up with dazzling virtuosity where wanted and astonishing sophistication elsewhere” and hailed among the top 10 performances of 2010 by both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Zhang was scheduled to play in the winter of the LACA 2011-2012 season, but bad weather on the East Coast stranded him in Philadelphia at the last minute.

The Van Cliburn Foundation sent a substitute, the brilliant pianist and Van Cliburn silver medalist Yeol Eum Son, who happened to be preparing for a concert nearby in Texas. 

In 2009, Zhang became both the youngest competitor and the first Chinese competitor to be awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He gave his debut recital at the Shanghai Music Hall at the age of five, performing all of Bach’s 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. 

Following this success, at the age of 11, he gave tours in all the major cities in China, performing the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 10, Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas. At age 12, Haochen Zhang won the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition.

A passionate and insightful programmer, Zhang continues to cultivate his reputation through major performances and debuts every year. Highlights of the current season include a residency at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra comprising four different concerti along with two chamber concerts, invitations from the Kyushu Symphony in Japan, Seattle Symphony and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, as well as a recital debut at the Verbier Festival. In June 2014, Zhang will tour China as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson.

Zhang is also an avid chamber musician, collaborating with such colleagues as the Shanghai String Quartet. He is frequently invited by chamber music festivals in the United States. 

Harmonia Mundi released Zhang’s Cliburn Competition performances in 2009. He is also featured in Peter Rosen’s award-winning documentary chronicling the 2009 Cliburn Competition, “A Surprise in Texas.” His complete competition performances are available on cliburn.tv.

Zhang’s Los Alamos concert will feature Chopin’s 4 Mazurkas; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53; Brahms’ Three Intermezzi, Op 117; Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Water Color, Op.1; and Bartok’s Sonata, Sz 80.

For more information, see the Los Alamos Concert Association web site at losalamosconcert.org. Visit Haochen Zhang’s’ website at haochenzhang.com