Zhang Zuo
Hongkong, China, °1989
PIANO 2013 : Fifth Prize
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.


Zhaoyi Dan, Nelita True, Robert McDonald, Yoheved Kaplinsky


High School, 1995-2006
Bachlor of Music 2006 - 2010
Master of Music 2010-2012
Final 2013 : Zhang Zuo
Semi-final 2013: Zhang Zuo - concerto
Semi-final 2013: Zhang Zuo - recital
Final (27/05/2013)
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 18 in E flat major op. 31/3
Michel Petrossian In the Wake of Ea
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23
Zhang Zuo, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Marin Alsop

Récital (14/05/2013)

Frederic Rzewski Dream
Maurice Ravel Ondine (Gaspard de la nuit)
Robert Schumann 12 Etudes symphoniques op. 13
Zhang Zuo, piano

Concerto (17/05/2013)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 24 in C minor KV 491
Zhang Zuo, piano
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, dir. Michael Hofstetter
First round (06/05/2013)
Fryderyk Chopin Etude in A minor op. 10/2
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue n. 3 in C sharp major BWV 848
Claude Debussy Etude pour les degrés chromatiques
Franz Schubert Allegro moderato (Sonata in A major op. 120 D 664)
Franz Liszt Tarantella
Zhang Zuo, piano
Relive the performances of Violin 2024
The Competition's CD's
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