“Such a combination of enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness is a phenomenon encountered very rarely.” –Ury Eppstein, The Jerusalem Post
Since his gold medal win at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, 25-year-old Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe, and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination, and spectacular virtuosity.
Haochen returned to Fort Worth as part of the 2010–2011 Cliburn Concerts series. His performance 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 as one of the top 10 performances of 2010 by both the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That same season he made his debut on Boston's Celebrity Series. Boston Globe critic Matthew Guerrieri remarked that Haochen displayed “poetic temperament as much as technical power… [he is] a pianist with ample reserves of power whose imagination seems nonetheless most kindled by subtle delicacy.” In April 2013, Haochen made his debut in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic and the late maestro Lorin Maazel, followed by a sold-out tour of China. In 2014 he made his debut at the BBC Proms with Yu Long and the China Philharmonic playing Liszt Concerto No. 1. Ivan Hewitt from The Telegraph wrote: ‘He made the Allegretto dance with Mendelssohnian lightness and Lisztian diablerie, and played the melody of the Quasi Adagio with melting softness.’ Following a performance in December 2014 with Valery Gergiev and Mariinsky Orchestra in Beijing, Mo. Gergiev immediately invited him to his Easter Festival in Moscow, Russia. In spring 2015 Haochen toured with the NDR Hamburg and Thomas Hengelbrock in Tokyo, Beijing and Shanghai.
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