Virtuoso Pianist Zhang Zuo Inspires, Teaches Three Students and Audience During Special Masterclass
Pacific Symphony is providing the public with an exciting opportunity to observe a Masterclass led by the very talented Chinese pianist, Zhang Zuo, who makes her Symphony debut for Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto on March 23-25 (see earlier story). During this fascinating event, three lucky non-professional pianists (just announced!) will have the full attention of Zuo. Essentially an advanced piano lesson shared with an audience, this multigenerational Masterclass offers high-school students Elaine Huang (who plays violin for PSYO) and Yoko Nagafuchi, and adult Wendy Chen the opportunity to refine and develop their musicianship by working with a master teacher. During the Masterclass, each of the students will play the 10-minute piece or movement they originally submitted for consideration to be part of the class. They then receive feedback and coaching from Zuo, each spending about 30 minutes on stage.
Open to the public, this Masterclass takes place on Wednesday, March 22, 7-9 p.m., in the Samueli Theater, at the rear of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 and advanced reservation of tickets is highly encouraged. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at 714-755-5799 or CLICK HERE. This event is made possible through the support of The James Irvine Foundation.
“This is such a valuable experience for both the students and the audience as they experience or observe the process of one of the Symphony’s talented guest artists,” says the Symphony’s community arts participation manager, Kelli Rust. “Learning from a world-renowned professional at different stages of one’s musicianship can help to shape practice time as they advance in their skills and develop as a musician.” The three participants who will benefit from Zuo’s musicianship during the Masterclass were selected by a panel of Symphony staff, musicians and volunteers, based upon their musicianship as demonstrated by a submitted recording.
“This opportunity is unique,” adds Rust, “because it is is not only a valuable opportunity for the pianists on stage, but also for the musicians in the audience, as they observe and take note of practice and performance tips that they can take back to their own playing."
Zuo began her musical training in Germany at age 5. Upon returning to her native China, she became one of the most sought-after young artists in the nation, collaborating with leading Chinese orchestras. Having completed her piano studies at the Shenzhen Arts School, Zuo was invited to continue her artistic development at the Eastman School of Music and at The Juilliard School, where she won the coveted Petschek Piano Award. She has also received first-prize at China’s First International Piano Concerto Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in America and the Krainev International Piano Competition in Ukraine; plus, was a prizewinner at the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition. Zuo performs internationally.