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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
Already in his young age, Haiou Zhang has received wide recognition by critics and audiences in Europe, North and South America and the Far East.
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.
His CD albums under the nobel label hänssler CLASSIC are now on the market worldwide. Lufthansa have selected it in the official board music programs. Reviews have been raves throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and South America. In March 2019 Haiou Zhang launched his new Mozart concerto CD II with NDR Philharmonic String Players.
For the upcoming concert season 2020/21 Haiou Zhang will launch his magic touch at the Symphony Hall of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with NDR Radiophilharmonie under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein. Furhter orchestral schedule includes Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra under Kahchun Wong, Bremerhaven Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Niemann, Trier Philharmonic Orchestra under Renchang Fu, Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under Robertas Šervenikas, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Amos Talmon, Vorpommern Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Florence. A piano recitals will bring him back to Konzerthaus Berlin, Brucknerhaus Linz and start an intense chamber music collaborations on prime Radio concert series with Hába Quartet of Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players.
In the season 2018/2019 he performed with Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov in their Europa Tour, NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze, Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin and Estonian Sinfonietta.
Haiou Zhang performed in finest concerts halls and significant music festivals: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Beijing Concert Hall, Sala São Paulo, CBC Glenn Could Studio Toronto and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Regentenbau in Bad Kissingen 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, Meccore String Quartet, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Feng Ning, Sarah Christian, Friederike Starkloff, Solenne Paidassi and Leonid Gorokhov.
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 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.
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 gives masterclasses in Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and diverse universities in China.