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Piano Masterclass with Zhang Zuo


Pianist Zhang ZuoPacific Symphony provided the opportunity to observe a Masterclass led by the very talented Chinese pianist, Zhang Zuo, who made her Symphony debut for Beethoven’s mighty Third Piano Concerto on March 23-25, 2017.

Essentially an advanced piano lesson shared with an audience, this multigenerational Masterclass offered three non-professional pianists  the opportunity to refine and develop their musicianship by working with a master teacher. During the Masterclass, each of the students played the 10-minute piece or movement they originally submitted for consideration to be part of the class. They then received feedback and coaching from Zuo, each spending about 30 minutes on stage. 


What: Piano Masterclass
When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7-9 p.m
Where:  Samueli Theater, at the rear of the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Who: Open to the public to observe


The three participants who benefited 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.

The featured pianists were high-school students Elaine Huang (who plays violin for PSYO) and Yoko Nagafuchi, and adult musician Wendy Chen.

Elaine Huang, Yoko Nagafuchi and Wendy Chen

“This opportunity is unique,” says the Symphony’s community arts participation manager, Kelli 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."

The masterclass was made possible by

James Irvine Foundation