Haiou Zhang

“No other concert grand piano makes me feel as sure as the C. Bechstein D 282. I can savor its richly colored sound without restriction. When you play this grand, you experience a true legend.”

Haiou Zhang

 

Only in his young age, Haiou Zhang has received wide recognition by critics and audiences in Europe, North and South America and the Far East. Haiou Zhang, born in China in 1984, is among the most successful musicians of his generation. In the last three seasons, Haiou Zhang performed over 30 recitals throughout major concert halls in his home country China for more than 40000 classical music lovers. A renewed concert tour in 2019 with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra under the Israeli conductor Yeruham Sharovsky received enthusiastic acclaims for his unique interpretation of Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1.

His CD albums under the nobel label hänssler CLASSIC are now on the market worldwide. Lufthansa have selected it in the official board music programs. Reviews have been raves throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and South America. In 2010, Haiou Zhang recorded on a Bechstein concert grand piano for Deutschland Radio a Liszt program, in March 2019 he launched his new Mozart concerto CD II with NDR Philharmonic String Players, also played on Bechstein.

Haiou Zhang already performed with Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov in their Europa Tour, with NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze, with Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under Vakhtang Kakhidze, with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony, Estonian Sinfonietta, musica assoluta, National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. Exciting concert debuts brought him to the Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Essen and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. He also performed in finest concerts hall and festivals: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Beijing Concert Hall, Sala São Paulo, CBC Glenn Could Studio Toronto and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Regentenbau in Bad Kissingen and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Würzburg Bach Festival, Augsburg Mozart Festival, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Hohenloher Kultursommer, Festival International de Musique de Besançon in France. His chamber music collaborators are the vision string quartet, Quatuor Hermès, Meccore String Quartet, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Feng Ning, Sarah Christian, Friederike Starkloff, Solenne Paidassi and Leonid Gorokhov.

Haiou Zhang received his very first piano lesson at the age of almost nine years old. Two years later he stands out as the one of the only 4 (150 in total) candidates get accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and graduated in 2002 with special honors. 2011, he graduated with the best note in the soloist-class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke, the last pupil of the legendary pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Grand Prix at the fifth Vladimir Horowitz International piano competition and first Piano Duo competition in Shenzhen, China. Haiou Zhang was awarded the audience prize at the Piano Olympics at Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, Gundlach Music Award and Dr. Maria Zbick Artist Award.

Beside his concert career, he is also the Music Director and Founder of International Music Festival Buxtehude, Altes Land & Harburg in Northern Germany. The festival has enormously established as one of he most successful classical music institution in the Hamburg metropolitan area. From January 2020 Haiou Zhang is appointed as the new Music Director of Öschberghof Klassik in Donaueschingen.

Haiou Zhang plays Liszt

Haiou Zhang plays Liszt

Haiou Zhang, one of the best Chinese pianists of the younger generation, recorded 2010 in the Berlin Siemensvilla for DeutschlandRadio on a C. Bechstein concert grand piano D 282 a Liszt program, which appeared in January 2011 on his debut CD for Hänssler Classic. Suitable for Franz Liszt's 200th birthday, the virtuoso played among other things Liszt's B-Minor Sonata, which Hans von Bülow premiered on January 22, 1857, in Berlin on a Carl Bechstein grand piano made available for the occasion. In addition, Zhang Haiou presents "Les jeux d'eaux à la Villa d’Este" from "Années de pèlerinage," "Funérailles" from "Harmonies poétiques et religieuses," "St. François d'Assise préchant aux oiseau" from "Deux Légendes" and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 arranged by Vladimir Horowitz (1903-1989). Worth hearing!

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