LACA to Present Cliburn Piano Competition Winner Haochen Zhang May 23

Haochen Zhang at the piano. Courtesy/LACA

Los Alamos Concert Association

The Los Alamos Concert Association will present Haochen Zhang in the final concert of 2013-2014 Season at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, 23-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.

His return to Fort Worth as part of the 2010–2011 Cliburn Concerts series was lauded by the Dallas Morning News as “the kind of program you’d expect from a seasoned master, served up with dazzling virtuosity where wanted and astonishing sophistication elsewhere” and hailed among the top 10 performances of 2010 by both the Dallas Morning News andFort Worth Star-Telegram.

Zhang was scheduled to play in the winter of the Concert Association’s 2011-2012 Season, but bad weather on the East Coast stranded him in Philadelphia at the last minute. The Van Cliburn Foundation graciously sent us as a substitute the brilliant pianist and Van Cliburn silver medalist Yeol Eum Son, who happened to be preparing for a concert nearby in Texas, and she electrified the audience.

In June 2009, Zhang became both the youngest competitor and the first Chinese competitor to be awarded the prestigious Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the 30th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He gave his debut recital at the Shanghai Music Hall at the age of five, performing all of Bach’s two-part inventions, as well as sonatas by Haydn and Mozart.

His orchestral debut was made at the age of six and he was awarded first prize at the Shanghai Piano Competition at the ages of seven and nine. Following this success, at the age of 11, he gave tours in all the major cities in China, performing the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 10, Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas. At age 12, Zhang won the fourth International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition.

A passionate and insightful programmer, Zhang continues to cultivate his reputation through major performances and debuts every year. Highlights of the 2013-14 Season include a residency at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra comprising four different concerti along with two chamber concerts, invitations from the Kyushu Symphony in Japan, Seattle Symphony and the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, as well as a recital debut at the Verbier Festival.

In June 2014 Zhang will tour China as soloist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson. Zhang also is an avid chamber musician, collaborating with such colleagues as the Shanghai String Quartet. He is frequently invited by chamber music festivals in the United States.

Harmonia Mundi released Mr. Zhang’s Cliburn Competition performances to critical acclaim in 2009. He also is featured in Peter Rosen’s award-winning documentary chronicling the 2009 Cliburn Competition, A Surprise in Texas. His complete competition performances are available at

Zhang’s Los Alamos concert will feature Chopin’s 4 Mazurkas; Beethoven’s Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53; Brahms’ Three Intermezzi, Op 117; Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Water Color, Op.1; and Bartok’s Sonata, Sz 80.

Tickets may be purchased at, CB FOX, Smith’s in White Rock and Los Alamos, and at the Lensic Box Office in Santa Fe for $30 prior to the concert and $35 at the door. Youth tickets for ages 6-18 are free.

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