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Haochen Zhang
China
Age 19






The youngest participant in the 2009 Cliburn Competition, Haochen Zhang 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. At six he made his orchestral debut and was awarded first prize at the Shanghai Piano Competition.  In 2004, Mr. Zhang performed a recital featuring Chopin’s complete Op. 25 etudes at the 49th International Chopin Festival in Duzniki, Poland.  The following year he moved to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music.  He has performed with the China National, New Jersey, and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras, as well as the Krakow State Philharmonic, and Philadelphia Orchestra.  At seventeen, the youngest winner ever of the China International Piano Competition (2007), he also excels at ping pong and enjoys writing poetry.

Competition and Awards:
2007  China International Piano Competition, First Prize
2004  International Chopin Competition in Asia, Gold Prize
2002  Tchaikovsky Internation Competition for Young Musicians, First Prize

Professional Training:
2005(?)-  The Curtis Institute of Music
2001-05 Shangzhen Arts School

Teachers:
2005-    Gary Graffman
2001-05 Zhaoyi Dan
1999-2001  Jianzhong Wang
1996-2001  Zijie Wu
1994-96 Hen Lin


2009 VAN CLIBURN COMPETITION REPERTOIRE

PRELIMINARY RECITAL
Beethoven  Sonata in A-flat Major, Op. 110
Chopin  Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major, Op. 61
Stravinsky  Trois Mouvements de Pétrouchka

SEMIFINAL RECITAL
Chopin  Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 28
Bates  White Lies for Lomax
Liszt  Spanish Rhapsody
 
SEMIFINAL CHAMBER
Schumann  Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 44

FINAL RECITAL
Brahms  Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
Ravel  Gaspard de la Nuit

FINAL CONCERTI
Mozart  Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K. 466
Prokofiev  Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16

This biography was most recently edited by...
vcf - 24 Apr 2009
vcf - 27 Mar 2009
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