Haiou Zhang PHOTOS AND Biography

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„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

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Foto credits: Reto Klar (DSC)  Sören Lukas Schirmer (p)


Foto credits: Reto Klar, Sören Lukas Schirmer

Haiou Zhang

BiographY

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.

His 5 CD albums under the noble label hänssler CLASSIC are present on the market worldwide. Lufthansa have selected it in the official board music programs. Reviews have been raves throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan and South America. Haiou Zhang's newest solo album "My 2020" has been nominated for ICMA International Classical Music Award 2021 and his Mozart piano concerto CD II with NDR Philharmonic String Players was also nominated in both categories ''Instrumentalist of the year'' and ''Concerto recording of the year'' by German Music Award OPUS KLASSIK. "I find Zhang graceful and sensitive in the introspective slow movements, so emotionally affecting, and suitably brisk and vivacious in the Finales." - Musicweb International observed. The Mozart piano concerto recording with K.446/467 is selected as the official soundtrack for La Casa De Papel (Money Heist) serie 5 on Netflix.

The current concert season Highlights are appearances at the <<Welcome-Back-Week>> festival of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Recital debuts at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. Orchestral engagements include Mozart Piano Concerto No.12 K.414 and the Yellow River piano concerto with Nuremberg Symphony Orhcestra at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg / Pro Arte, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Philharmonie Südwestfalen under Nabil Shehata and Leipzig Philharmonic under Michael Köhler at the Gewandhaus Leipzig as well in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 with Ontario Philharmonic under Marco Parisotto in Canada and Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 K.271 with the Royal Chamber Orchestra Wallonie under Vahan Mardirossian in Belgium, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under Kai Bumann at both Philharmonic Halls in Vilnius and Kaunas also with the Oldenburgischen Staatsorchester under Hendrik Vestmann, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with Bremerhaven Philharmonic under Marc Niemann, Braunschweig Staatsorchester under Srba Dinic and Chursächsische Philharmonie under Florian Merz, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.2 with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel as well Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with the Xiamen Philharmonic under Renchang Fu and Mozart Piano Concerto No.13 K.413 with the Wuhan Philharmonic under James P. Liu in China.

Piano recitals will bring him back to Konzerthaus Berlin, Brucknerhaus Linz, White Hall Tallinn and Piano Summer Fesitval in Fürstenfeldbruck. Haiou Zhang performs great passion for chamber music and launching intense collaborations with the Philharmonic String Quartet of Berlin Philharmonic, Elphier Quartet (NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra), Hába Quartet (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) and WDR Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players.

In the season 2018/2019 he performed Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1 with the Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov in their Europa Tour, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 and Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 K.466 with the NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with the Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under Vakhtang Kakhidze and Mozart Piano Concerti circles with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Estonian Sinfonietta, musica assoluta and National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.

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.

Haiou Zhang conquered thousands of concert goers on a Canadian Tour with the Slovak Sinfonietta under Kerry Stratton performing Beethoven piano concerti and Mozart piano concerto No.21 K.467 with the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Fey in Brazil in 2010. Standing ovations accompanied him at every single concert. Engagements as a soloist have included with the Russian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra St. Petersburg under Juri Gilbo, Orchestra Filharmonica della Calabria under Filippo Arlia and German orchestras such as the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and the Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Sopot, the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and the Beijing Symphony Orchestra under Lihua Tan.

Haiou Zhang performed in finest concerts hall and festivals: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Sala São Paulo, CBC Glenn Gould Studio Toronto and Berlin Philharmonie, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Philharmonie Essen, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethovenhaus Bonn 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, Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes in Spain, International Music Festival Trecastagni in Italy, Pažaislis Music Festival in Lithunia, International Music Festival Kurressare in Estonia and Tbilisi Autumn International Music Festival in Georgia.

His chamber music collaborators are the vision string quartet, Quatuor Hermès, Quatuor Diotima, Meccore String Quartet, Faust Quartet, violinists Eldbjørg Hemsing, Tianwa Yang, Sarah Christian, Friederike Starkloff, Solenne Paidassi and cellists Leonid Gorokhov as well Benedict Klöckner.

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 and has strong presence at German classical radio landscape at BR-Klassik, NDR Kultur, WDR3, SWR2, Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Deutsche Welle TV.

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 the 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. Since spring 2021 he is appointed as Artistic Director of international concert series CONCERTS GRAND SALON in Zurich, Switzerland.

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. Haiou Zhang is a visiting professor for Euro Arts Music Festival & Academy in Germany for teaching activies and also as a piano jury member of Harmonium OnlinePlus international music competition next to Tamas Ungar, Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Vache Sharafyan.