february, 2018

28feb12:15 pm- 1:00 pmZhu Wang, Piano12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural CenterPrograms:Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Event Details

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts

Zhu Wang, Piano

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (4’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
arr. Dame Myra Hess (1890 – 1965)

Moving Etudes (7’)
I. Good Word
II. Bewegt
III. Everything Changes
Timo Andres (b. 1985)

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B Minor, Op. 58 (25’)
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Scherzo. Molto vivace
III. Largo
IV. Finale. Presto non tanto; Agitato
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald) pianist Zhu Wang is the first prize winner of the Second Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians and the Hilton Head Young Artist Piano Competition. Mr. Wang was a featured soloist on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase as part of the radio station’s China in New York festival. World-renowned Chinese pianist Fou T’song recognized Zhu as an “excellent pianist with natural sense of harmony and imagination,” whose sensitive and engaging performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond his age.

Highlights of the 2017-18 season include solo recitals in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Santa Barbara as winner of the Music Academy of the West’s Solo Piano Competition in partnership with Steinway & Sons. Mr. Wang has performed across the United States and in China, Italy, Poland, and Japan at prestigious venues such as the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, and The Morgan Library. Zhu has appeared as a soloist with the Hilton Head Symphony, Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic, and Mongolian Symphony Orchestra. His festival appearances include the Music Academy of the West, International Piano Academy Lake Como, Shanghai International Music Festival, Music Fest Perugia, and Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy.

Zhu Wang has had the honor to study with and perform for many influential pianists, including Gary Graffman, Fou T’song, Stephen Hough, Murray Perahia, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Levin, Matti Raekallio, Julian Martin, William Grant Nabore, Jeremy Denk, Eva Poblocka, Edward Auer, Douglas Humpherys, Nelita True, and Boris Slutsky. He is also the recipient of special prizes in the Fifth International Chopin Young Artist Piano Competition and the 16th Asian Chopin International Piano Competition in Japan.

Zhu Wang started learning piano at the age of five. He is a graduate from Music Middle School Affiliated with Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dr. Zhe Tang. Zhu is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald. His previous instructors include Xiaofeng Zheng and Wenhong Chen.

Time

(Wednesday) 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm CST

Location

Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60605

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