Haochen is recently featured in a new video series by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Cliburn Masterpiece. He explores and examines Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, including the background, the narrative, the character and technical difficulties of the piece. The episode includes Haochen's full performance from the competition and remains up for on-demand viewing!
After performing all of Beethoven's piano concerti over the course of two nights in August with the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra in Shanghai, Haochen is looking forward to performing the famous "Emperor" piano concerto – the last piano concerto Beethoven wrote and perhaps the most well-known of them – with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mikko Franck in Paris this coming Wednesday, October 7. Learn more here.
Following the cancellation of the China tour with National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Noseda, the below concerts where I was scheduled to perform have also been postponed until a later time. It’s disappointing not being able to share music with all of you, and the sudden retreat to isolation does make me miss the life on the road. But through one form or another, I believe music will always be with us regardless. Hopefully I will have more updated information soon – but meanwhile, please stay at home and be healthy!
March 27, 2020
Hong Kong Philharmonic
Beethoven Concerto, Nos. 1, 2 & 3
March 28, 2020
Hong Kong Philharmonic
Beethoven Concerto, Nos. 4 & 5
April 15-18, 2020
Guiyang Symphony Orchestra
Prokofiev Concerto No. 3
April 19-25, 2020
Malaysia University, Kuala Lumpur
Recitals and Masterclasses
May 5-6, 2020
Shanghai Grand Theatre
Shanghai Opera House Orchestra
Beethoven Concerto No. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
May 15, 2020
The concerts on March 27 & 28 in Shenzhen, China where Haochen was to perform all five Beethoven concertos with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra have been postponed to July 11 & 12.
Haochen's newest album with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Dima Slobodeniouk, released on July 5, has received great critical acclaim.
"It is Zhang’s articulation and phrasing, precision and power that merit the highest praise." – Gramophone (chosen as an "Editor's Pick")
"Zhang tames a beast and pours new wine into old bottles" – Limelight Magazine (also included in Limelight's Editor's November Primephonic playlist)
"I was impressed with the clarity of Zhang’s playing and his masterful organisation of the demanding material...a superb performance" – MusicWeb International
The Philadelphia Inquirer raved about Haochen's performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin on October 4.
"Haochen Zhang — who was a Gary Graffman student at the Curtis Institute — play[ed] the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 in a performance that set standards in its synergistic sense of ensemble... 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."
Read the full review here.
Gramophone deemed Haochen's debut concerto album with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra and Dima Slobodeniouk one the best new classical albums for September 2019. Jeremy Nicholas enthusiastically praises Haochen's artistry saying "here is an artist of rare talent...full marks all round." Read more of Gramophone's review here.