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17.12.2019 - Zev Kane

A decade after winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Zhang continues to electrify. He infuses this pair of well-worn concert hall staples with sorely needed vitality and wit.

 

WQXR's full list here.

08.12.2019 - Chang Tou Liang

Sublime... Zhang blended so seamlessly with the orchestra that this became a perfect thesis of chamber music.

 

Bachtrack's full review.

07.10.2019 - David Patrick Stearns

Zhang probed the work — and his personal responses to it — at every turn with a Chopin-esque detail and sensitivity. The give and take between him, Nézet-Séguin and the orchestra was beyond anything I’ve heard in this piece, creating a flowing ocean of music. Though Zhang’s command of the keyboard allows him to hit all of the necessary peaks, he’s more remarkable for projecting heroic intimacy. He also knows how to create tension with silence.

 

The Philadelphia Inquirer's full review.

02.09.2019 - Jeremy Nicholas

Here is an artist of rare talent...

 

It is Zhang's articulation and phrasing, precision and power that merit the highest praise...

 

Spine-tingling.

 

Read the full review in Gramophone's September 2019 issue.

03.01.2018 - Michael Miller

He is a musician of extraordinary technical mastery and perception...

 

Haochen Zhang’s Liszt proved both musical and highly virtuosic. The grand fortissimi were powerful and the more introverted moments properly subdued. Even at the loudest bars, he maintained a warm, pleasing tone.

 

Mr. Zhang closed the program with Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 7, a bright, virtuosic work, which enabled him to go out in a blaze of technical display, but not without musical substance.

 

New York Arts full review.

19.02.2017 - Peter Dobrin

Haochen Zhang was a pianist about whom aficionados were whispering expectant superlatives as he came through the Curtis Institute of Music. The next Yuja Wang, perhaps? Now, the 2012 Curtis graduate has released a studio album on BIS Records of some ambition: Schumann's Kinderszenen, the Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, Brahms' Three Intermezzi, and Janácek's Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, "From the Street"...

 

The Kinderszenen are lovely, and he alternates between a gauzy dream state and great heat in the Liszt. Janácek arrives with a finely shaped sense of quiet, questioning wonder. Zhang's love for Brahms was clear at that Curtis recital. So, too, here, where he uncovers ideas well beyond those apparent from just the written note.

 

Philadelphia Inquirer full review

29.01.2017 - Elle Marie Sullivan

Zhang is a very young man but plays with the depth and power of a very old musician. He plays with a gentleness and ease, effortlessly flowing throughout the sporadic shifts within Rachmaninoff’s score.  Zhang returned to the stage for a contemplative and sweet encore which truly showed off his excellent prowess.

 

MD Theatre Guide full review

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