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.
Today, BIS releases Haochen's debut concerto album featuring Prokofiev's famously difficult second piano concerto and Tchaikovsky's grand first piano concerto with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Dima Slobodeniouk. Watch a preview of the album here.
ResMusica described Haochen's performance in Paris last month at the Salle Gaveau as "dazzling," further calling Haochen "a true interpreter of interiority and mystery." Read more here.
Luzerner Zeitung praised Haochen's performance last week at the Lucerne Festival saying it was "like a walk through dreamscapes" and that "his orchestral fortissimo is never exaggerated, his piano is of exquisite, chamber music beauty." Read more of the review here.
Haochen's performance with the New West Symphony last weekend was met with great acclaim. VC Star applauds Haochen saying, "Zhang riveted the audience’s attention as he conveyed the essence of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major with dazzling finger work that captured the zest of the concerto while not distracting from the composer’s elegant design of the compelling concerto. Zhang, who in 2009 became one of the youngest winners of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, is garnering attention as a pianist evolving into a musician who is fascinating and versatile while not venturing into exaggeration to demonstrate his skills."
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