Zhang Zuo
Hongkong, China, °1989
 
Zhang Zuo has been chosen to join BBC's flagship New Generation Artists programme in the UK for two seasons. New Generation Artists perform a series of high-profile concerts in London and around Great Britain, including a prestigious appearance at the BBC Proms. She will also record with the BBC Orchestras and play for thousands of people on BBC Radio 3.

Zhang Zuo began her training at age five in Germany. Upon her return to China, she soon became one of the most sought after young artists in the nation, collaborating with virtually all major Chinese orchestras such as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, and Guangzhou Philharmonic. The success of her debuts with top international orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and National Orchestra of Belgium, brought invitations to perform in the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory.

Zhang Zuo’s recent highlights include performances with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Ulster Orchestras, as well as appearing with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinatti Symphony and Paavo Jarvi in Mendelssohn’s first concerto, a tour of Italy with Julian Rachlin and Lynn Harrell, as well as her Ravinia Festival debut.

Having completed her piano studies with Dan Zhao Yi at the Shenzhen Arts School, Zhang Zuo was invited to continue her artistic development under the mentorship of Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music and Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School, where she won the Petschek Piano Award. Among her achievements are first prizes at China's 1st International Piano Concerto Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in America, and the Krainev International Piano Competition in Ukraine. She currently studies at the Peabody Institute with Leon Fleisher, and is honoured to receive musical guidance from Alfred Brendel.

Teachers

Zhaoyi Dan, Nelita True, Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky

Degrees

High School, 1995-2006
Bachlor of Music 2006 - 2010
Master of Music 2010-2012
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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