Since his gold medal win at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, 26-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.
A popular guest soloist for many orchestras in his native China, Haochen made his debut in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel in 2013 preceding their sold-out tour. Haochen has also toured in China with the Sydney Symphony and David Robertson; in Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai with the NDR Hamburg and Thomas Hengelbrock; and, following a performance in 2014 with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in Beijing, Gergiev immediately invited him to his Easter Festival in Moscow.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include a new recital CD, which includes works of Schumann, Brahms, Janáček, and Liszt; extensive recital and concerto tours in Asia with performances in China, Hong Kong, and Japan; and return engagements with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Haochen will also give recitals in San Francisco, Palma de Mallorca, Imola, and Helsingborg, among others. He makes his debuts with the RTV Slovenia and Asturias symphony orchestras, and will tour Europe with the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, having been their resident artist in the previous season.
In past seasons, Haochen Zhang has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, London Symphony, Japan Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic orchestras. In recital, he has performed at Spivey Hall, La Jolla Music Society, Celebrity Series of Boston, CU Artist Series, Cliburn Concerts, Krannert Center, Wolf Trap Discovery Series, Lied Center of Kansas, and UVM Lane Series, among others. International tours have taken him to cities including Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Berlin, Munich, Paris, Dresden, Rome, Tivoli, Verbier, Montpellier, Helsingborg, Bogota, and Belgrade. Haochen is also an avid chamber musician, collaborating with colleagues such as the Shanghai Quartet and Benjamin Beilman and is frequently invited by chamber music festivals in the U.S.
Haochen’s performances at the Cliburn Competition were released to critical acclaim by Harmonia Mundi in 2009. He is also featured in Peter Rosen’s award-winning documentary, A Surprise in Texas, chronicling the competition.
Haochen is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied under Gary Graffman. He was previously trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Shenzhen Arts School, where he was admitted at the age of 11 to study with Professor Dan Zhaoyi.