04.10.2023 - Peter J Rabinowitz

Since sharing the Gold Medal at the Cliburn Competition in 2009, Haochen Zhang has accumulated a choice discography – but nothing that prepares us for this stunning release.


Gramophone full review (LISZT Études d’exécution transcendante (Haochen Zhang))

25.08.2023 - Feature

On the cover of the September issue of International Piano is the young Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang, who has recorded Liszt’s Études d’exécution transcendante for BIS. He talks to Tim Parry about his approach to this music, as well as growing up as a child prodigy in China, studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and winning the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009.


Read full article (Introducing the September 2023 issue of International Piano, featuring Haochen Zhang)

06.01.2023 - Patrick Rucker

Zhang’s muse is ostensibly a lyric one, although a slightly mischievous sense of playfulness is never far away...one might well ask what we’ve done to deserve yet another brilliant collaboration in the Beethoven concertos. Yet Zhang/Stutzmann/Philadelphia is precisely that, and I urge you to not miss it.


Gramophone full review (Beethoven's 5 Piano Concertos with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Nathalie Stutzmann)

16.03.2022 - Geoffrey Wieting

This is an artist whose preternatural virtuosity ever serves as a means to an end, that of creating vivid, expressive, colorful musical ideas... In 2022 we have a sizable number of pianists with seemingly preternatural techniques and good musical instincts, but Haochen Zhang has something more: a rare gift for painting scenes in music, creating visions and telling stories. His technique is likely second to none, but his true distinction is his ability to use it in communicating his extra-musical ideas to listeners.


The Boston Musical Intelligencer's full review.

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.

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