HAIOU ZHANG (Klavier)
„The B minor Sonata of Liszt, in music once considered technically unplayable and musically incomprehensible, Haiou Zhang recreates a visionary masterpiece and a landmark in the history of music with exceptional grandeur and lucidity(…)Haiou Zhang is a most serious artist.” Gramophone Magazine, Bryce Morrison
„Haiou Zhang gives a true bang-up performance that I’m sure both Liszt and Horowitz would smile at .” American Record Guide, James Harrington
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.
In recent seasons Haiou Zhang successfully toured throughout all major concert halls in China with recitals and Macedonia Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Yeruham Sharovsky.
His three CD albums under the nobel label hänssler CLASSIC is 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 the upcoming season he will collaborate with Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov, NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin under Gabriel Adorjan, Israel Symphony under Dan Ettinger, Nuremberg Symphony under Ming Xiao, Tibilis Symphony under Vakhtang Kakhidze and give debuts in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen and Philharmonie Berlin. Besides, Haiou Zhang will be on a extensive recital tour in France and release his 4th CD ''Haiou Zhang plays Mozart II''.
Highlights in recent seasons engagements at the Concergebouw Amsterdam, the NCPA Beijing, Konzerthaus Berlin and Sala São Paulo. Haiou Zhang conquered thousands of his concert goers throughout a Canadian Tour with the Slovak Sinfonietta under Kerry Stratton, with Beethoven’s Emperor piano concerto and a Brazilian tour with Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Fey, with Mozart piano concerto K.467.
Engagements as a soloist have included with Ontario Philharmonic under Marco Parisotto, Philharmonie Festiva under Gerd Schaller, Russian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra St. Petersburg under Juri Gilbo, Orchestra Filharmonica della Calabria under Filippo Arlia, Beijing Symphony Orchestra under Lihua Tan and Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra, Warsaw Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
Further débuts in the most prestiges venues in Germany: Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Meistersingerhalle Nuremberg, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethovenhaus Bonn, 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, Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes in Spain and International Music Festival Trecastagni in Italy.
Haiou Zhang is heard regularly in concerts and interviews for various radio stations and television, such as CCTV China, SF1 Switzerland, NPR, BBC3, CBC, Classical FM96.3, Ontario TV Canada, Radio 4 Netherland, ORF 1 Austria, Radio New Zealand, France télévision 3, BR-Klassik, NDR Kultur, WDR3, SWR2, Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Deutsche Welle TV.
His great success at the Fifth International Vladimir Horowitz Piano Competition in Kiev followed a CD production at the NDR. In 2005 he won the prestiges Gundlach Music Award in Hanover and has been Fellow of Theodor Lessing Foundation, the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, the Ottilie-Selbach-Redslob Foundation and the Vera-Ritter Foundation. In 2007 he was awarded the Audience Prize at the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics. He also won the 1st Prize at the China National Piano Duo Competition.
As a keen chamber musician, his collaborators include such as Quatuor Hermès, vision string quartet, Meccore String Quartet and Faust Quartett.
Beside his concert career, he is also the founder and music director of International Music Festival Buxtehude/Altes Land/Harburg in Northern Germany. The festival has established as one of he most successful classical music institution in the Hamburg metropolitan area.
Haiou Zhang gives masterclasses in Canada, USA, Italy, Germany and diverse universities in China.
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.