Haiou Zhang


"The C. Bechstein concert grand D 282 has been a faithful partner for me for many years in numerous concerts and recordings. In the process, it became increasingly clear to me: certain timbres and nuances that I desire can only be realized on a Bechstein."

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.

Haiou Zhang's recordings with the Hänssler CLASSIC label are available in stores worldwide. They are now part of the official "Music Program on Air" of Lufthansa. His CDs have been received with great enthusiasm by critics. In 2010, Haiou Zhang recorded a Liszt program on a C. Bechstein concert grand for DeutschlandRadio, followed by a Mozart CD in 2019. His music is regularly featured on radio and TV, eg. CCTV China, SF1 Switzerland, CBC, Classical FM96,3 and Radio 4 Nederland, ORF 1 Austria, Radio New Zealand, France télévision 3, BR-Klassik, NDR Kultur, WDR3, Radio Bremen, SWR2, Hr2, Deutschlandradio Kultur and Deutsche Welle TV. His solo album "My 2020" was nominated at the ICMA International Classical Music Awards in November 2021 and his Mozart's Piano Concertos with the NDR Philharmonic String Players were nominated in the categories "Instrumentalist of the Year" as well as "Concert Recording of the Year" at the OPUS KLASSIK Awards. This recording which includes the Piano Concerto KV467 was also selected as the official soundtrack for the mega netflix series "Money Heist".

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.

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"My 2020" - Haiou Zhangs new Bechstein-CD

Hänssler Classic "My 2020" - Haiou Zhangs new Bechstein-CD

“Masterpieces are irreplaceable with their timelessness. I still clearly remember when, for the first time, I heard a couple of bars in the last movement of Beethoven’s Opus 109 – it was about 20 years ago and I felt deeply touched and captured at that moment... It was something truly indescribable to me. I have always believed that I should only record pieces of music to which I feel strongly attached. I felt that this composition would grow as if it were an extension of my own musical language. It is now very clear to me that Opus 109 will always be the music to accompany me through all the ups and downs of life, and the same is also true for Opus 111. It has to be admitted that I totally fell in love with the variations to be found in Opus 111. I desperately wanted to be part of that particular world encompassed by the fragile and sublime colors which are to be found between the “pp” and “ppp” (“very quiet” and “extremely quiet”) parts of the work, which permeate the whole special atmosphere. It seems as if one is being driven towards infinity – somehow it might even take one to a sublime place without conflicts, pain and evil.“ (Haiou Zhang)

The magazine Pizzicato praises Haiou Zhang's powerful attack, his spontaneity as well as his good feeling for the improvisational boldness of Beethoven. Abstract and concrete at the same time, his performance strikes a balance between the purely playful and technical and the expressive, between brooding and restlessness.

This album was recorded on a C. Bechstein concert grand D 282 at the Ölbergkirche Studio in Berlin in October 2020.

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!

Haiou Zhang „Fingerprints“

Haiou Zhang „Fingerprints“

"Fingerprints" is the title of the new CD that Haiou Zhang recorded on a C. Bechstein concert grand D 282 in the Jesus Christ Church in Berlin. The Chinese virtuoso is now presenting the new recording, just released by Hänssler Classic, live in five cities.

My new CD 'Fingerprints' contains compositions from various styles and eras; as different as the works are - they have one thing in common: I associate great, sometimes touching concert experiences with each piece performed," Haiou Zhang explains the concept of his new CD, adding, "I have performed each piece at least 50 times worldwide." These multi-layered concert experiences have now been incorporated into the recordings, bringing the sound images to new life." Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)