Haochen Zhang to Perform at Carnegie Hall on November 18, 2017

It has been nice over the past couple of years to get more into classical music. One of the joys has been getting to see and meet some of the great, younger musicians of the day such as Danil Trifonov and Haochen Zhang. Having seen Haochen perform several times including as guest soloist during the Philadelphia Philharmonics’ Rachmaninoff Festival, I was excited to learn that he would be having a solo performance in Carnegie Hall’s, Zenkel Hall on 11/18/17.

Then out of nowhere, we learned that the great Chinese pianist Lang Lang, due to an injury he had sustained, had asked Haochen to fill in for him on 10/30/17 as guest soloist with the China NCPA Orchestra, to perform the magnificent Yellow River Concerto composed by Qigang Chen, the director of music for he opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. Wow, two times in one month!

To say the least, Haochen not only rose to the occasion in stepping in for Lang Lang, but also received a very appropriate and enthusiastic standing ovation and call back out for an encore. The reviews reflected the immense quality of his performance. As of this writing it looks like the 11/18 performance will be a sellout.

Thankfully, we have our seats! 🙂


Please read article of him at Carnegie Hall website: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/11/18/0730/PM/Haochen-Zhang-Piano/

Haochen Zhang

Occupation  Classical pianist
Name  Haochen Zhang
Role  Pianist
Born  June 3, 1990 (age 25) (1990-06-03) Shanghai, China
Awards  2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, First Prize
Education  Curtis Institute of Music

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Haochen Zhang (Chinese: 张昊辰; pinyin: zhāng hàochén) (born June 3, 1990) is a Chinese pianist from Shanghai, China. He was a Gold Medalist and First Prize winner of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, becoming one of the youngest winners in the history of the competition. Zhang received a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant in recognition of his outstanding talents.

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Early life

Haochen Zhang Haochen Zhang Saint John39s Lutheran ChurchZhang began studying piano at three and a half and gave his debut recital at the Shanghai Music Hall at the age of five, performing Haydn and Mozart sonatas, in addition to all 15 of Bach’s two-part inventions. By six, he gave his orchestral debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 467 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded first prize at the Shanghai Piano Competition at the age of seven and again at nine. At eleven, Zhang gave tours in all the major cities in China performing Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas and the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 10. At twelve, Zhang won the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition. In 2004, he made his debut at the 49th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, Poland, performing the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 25.

Haochen Zhang Pianist Haochen Zhang in Recital Peninsula ReviewsIn 2005, Zhang moved to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music with a full-tuition scholarship as a Harold and Helene Schonberg Fellow to study under the world-renowned Gary Graffman, who also taught Lang Lang and Yuja Wang. The following year, he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto.

Haochen Zhang The National Philharmonic Haochen Zhang andIn October 2007, at just 17 years old Zhang became the youngest winner of the China International Piano Competition; and in 2008, at the age of 18, he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony performing Mozart’s D minor Concerto K.466 and the world premiere of a commissioned work by Ryan Gallagher.


In June 2009, Zhang became the first Chinese competitor to be awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As part of his prize package, Zhang received commission-free artist management from the Van Cliburn Foundation for three seasons following the competition. Immediately after winning the Gold Medal, Zhang embarked on an extensive three-year tour across the United States and abroad playing an incredible 200 concerts in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, including solos at distinguished festivals such as Beijing Music Festival and the Gilmore International Keyboard Music Festival.

February 10, 2017 Zhang released his first studio album on BIS Records including Schumann’s Kinderszenen, Liszt’s Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, Brahms’s Three Intermezzi, and Janácek’s Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, “From the Street.”

He is currently managed by KAJIMOTO.

Notable performances

Zhang has performed with the China National Symphony Orchestra, Krakow State Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and has played concerts throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States including Aspen Music Festival.

In April 2013, Zhang made his debut in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic and the late maestro Lorin Maazel. In 2014, he made his debut at the BBC Proms with Yu Long and the China Philharmonic playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1.

Personal life

Zhang is currently based in Philadelphia. He also has broad interests in many other fields, including history and literature.


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