Building futures: Haochen Zhang

December 04, 20:00h

Haochen Zhang, piano

The talented young pianist will perform Romantic and Neoclassical works from the nineteenth and tentieth century.

Robert Schumann, Kinderszenen, Op. 15

Thirteen childhood memories from the greatest composer of the Romantic era.

Franz Liszt, two Transcendental Études

Pieces for the most virtuoso pianists.

Leoš Janáček, In the Mists

The poetics of the Czech composer.

Sergei Prokofiev

The debut sonata of the Russian master.

Haochen Zhang

Haochen Zhang (1992) was only 19 when he won the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Since then, he has caught ears in Asia, Europe and North America with his powerful mix of musical sensitivity, bold imagination and virtuosity. In 2013, he made his debut with the Munich Philharmonic, conducted by Lorin Maazel.

In the 2016/2017 season, Zhang recorded a new CD containing works by Schumann, Brahms, Janáček and Liszt, while performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, among other ensembles. He also offered numerous piano recitals.

Zhang studied at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where his teachers included Gary Graffman.

An open piano

The nineteenth century was the age of the piano par excellence. The Romantics, beginning with Beethoven, found in it the perfect instrument for their musical fantasies. In 1838, Robert Schumann, at the age of 28, composed Kinderszenen based on a series of childhood memories. Twelve years earlier, Franz Liszt had begun work on his twelve Transcendental Études, which would take him 26 years to complete (in 1852). The use of the piano was different here, aiming at transcendental performance but equally Romantic.

At the turn of the century, the piano was put to new uses. In 1912, the Czech composer Leoš Janáček had just lost his daughter Olga. The impact of this loss on him was captured in In the Mists, a misty and mysterious work wrapped in an impressionist atmosphere. Only three years earlier, in 1909, Sergei Prokofiev produced his first sonata in Russia – the work of a vehement student yet respectful of classical forms, always open to all kinds of musical exploration.




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