Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, 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. In 2017, he received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, which recognizes talented musicians with the potential for a major career in music.
Mr. Zhang has already appeared at many of the world’s leading festivals and with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the BBC Proms with the China Philharmonic and conductor Yu Long, the Moscow Easter Festival by special invitation of Valery Gergiev, the Munich Philharmonic with Lorin Maazel on a sold-out tour in Munich and China, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra with David Robertson on a tour of China, and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra with Thomas Hengelbrock on a tour of Tokyo, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Highlights of Mr. Zhang’s 2018–19 season include his debut with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra; a tour of Asia with The Philadelphia Orchestra; recitals in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Lucerne, and Brussels; and performances with the China, Hong Kong, and National philharmonic orchestras and the Guangzhou, San Angelo, Shanghai, and Spokane symphony orchestras.
In recent seasons, Mr. Zhang recorded a recital CD (released by BIS Records in February 2017) featuring works by Schumann, Brahms, Janáček, and Liszt, and he gave extensive recital and concerto tours in Asia that included performances in China, Hong Kong, and Japan. In October 2017, he gave a concerto performance at Carnegie Hall with the NCPA Orchestra, and the following month, he made his recital debut at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall.
Mr. Zhang has performed with The Philadelphia Orchestra; the Mariinsky Orchestra; the Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Taiwan, and Warsaw philharmonic orchestras; and the Frankfurt Radio, Kansas City, London, Pacific, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney, and WDR symphony orchestras. His recital engagements have included Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Georgia and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, CU Presents Artist Series, Celebrity Series of Boston, Cliburn Concerts series, Wolf Trap Discovery Series, UVM Lane Series, Lied Center of Kansas, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, among others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Zhang has also collaborated with the Shanghai, Tokyo, and Brentano string quartets and active, young soloists such as violinist Benjamin Beilman and cellist Aurélien Pascal. He’s frequently invited to perform at chamber music festivals in the United States, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. Mr. Zhang is also featured in Peter Rosen’s award-winning documentary chronicling the 2009 Cliburn competition, A Surprise in Texas.
Haochen Zhang is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied under Gary Graffman. He’s also been studying periodically with Andreas Haefliger in Vienna. He was previously trained at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Shenzhen Arts School, where he was admitted in 2001, at the age of 11, to study with Dan Zhaoyi.