Piano Masterclass with Zhang Zuo
Zhang Zuo, piano and host
Masterclass participants (TBA)
World-class pianist Zhang Zho hosts a multi-generational masterclass in the intimate Samueli Theater. Participants will include a high school student, a college student and an adult pianist from the community. All will prepare their own performance for Zhang Zuo, who will then work with each to continue to refine and develop their musicianship. Tickets to observe are just $10 and there is limited seating, so get yours now!
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) has appeared with the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Belgium National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has worked with leading conductors including Paavo Jarvi, Marin Alsop and Yan Pascal Totellier and has appeared at some of the top festivals, such as the BBC Proms, Ravinia Festival in the United States and the Beethoven Festival in Poland.
Zee Zee has also had success with a series of solo recitals at notable halls around the world, including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Lincoln Center in New York, London’s Wigmore Hall and De Doelen in Rotterdam.
For the 2015-16 season, Zee Zee debuted at the Beijing Music Festival, returned to Warsaw with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Maestro Long Yu, as well as gave performances with the BBC Symphony and Andrew Litton and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
This season also marked the last of Zee Zee’s two-year residency with the BBC's flagship New Generation Artists program. During her residency, she has given a number of orchestral concerts and recitals in London and around Great Britain. As an NGA artist, she has appeared with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Ulster Orchestra with whom she performed a live, televised concert for the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall.
Zee Zee began her musical training in Germany at the age of 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 including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic and Beijing Symphony Orchestra.
Having completed her piano studies with Dan Zhao Yi at the Shenzhen Arts School , Zee Zee was invited to continue her artistic development under the mentorship of Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music and Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School, where she won the coveted Petschek Piano Award. Zee Zee was awarded first prizes 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; she was also a prizewinner at the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition.