Haochen Zhang is a Chinese pianist from Shanghai, China. He was a Gold Medalist and First Prize winner of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, becoming one of the youngest winners in the history of the competition. Zhang received a 2017 Avery Fisher Career Grant in recognition of his outstanding talents. Zhang began studying piano at three and a half and gave his debut recital at the Shanghai Music Hall at the age of five, performing Haydn and Mozart sonatas, in addition to all 15 of Bach’s two-part inventions. By six, he gave his orchestral debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K. 467 with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded first prize at the Shanghai Piano Competition at the age of seven and again at nine. At eleven, Zhang gave tours in all the major cities in China performing Beethoven and Mozart Sonatas and the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 10. At twelve, Zhang won the 4th International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians, becoming the youngest winner in the history of the competition.
In 2004, he made his debut at the 49th International Chopin Festival in Duszniki, performing the complete Chopin Etudes Op. 25. In 2005, Zhang moved to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music with a full-tuition scholarship as a Harold and Helene Schonberg Fellow to study under the world-renowned Gary Graffman, who taught Lang Lang and Yuja Wang; the following year, he made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra performing Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. In October 2007, at just 17 years old Zhang became the youngest winner of the China International Piano Competition. In June 2009, Zhang became the first Chinese competitor to be awarded the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; as part of his prize package, Zhang received commission-free artist management from the Van Cliburn Foundation for three seasons following the competition. After winning the Gold Medal, Zhang embarked on an extensive three-year tour across the United States and abroad playing an incredible 200 concerts in the Americas and Europe, including solos at distinguished festivals such as Beijing Music Festival and the Gilmore International Keyboard Music Festival.
February 10, 2017 Zhang released his first studio album on BIS Records including Schumann's Kinderszenen, Liszt's Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, Brahms's Three Intermezzi, Janácek's Piano Sonata 1. X.1905, "From the Street."He is managed by Kanzen Arts and KAJIMOTO. Zhang has performed with the China National Symphony Orchestra, Krakow State Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, has played concerts throughout Asia and the United States including Aspen Music Festival. In April 2013, Zhang made his debut in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic and the late maestro Lorin Maazel. In 2014, he made his debut at the BBC Proms with Yu Long and the China Philharmonic playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1. In October 2017, Zhang replaced Lang Lang, whose arm was injured, in China NCPA's Carnegie Hall debut led by Lü Jia. Zhang is based in Philadelphia.
He has broad interests in many other fields, including history and literature. Official website
Rudolf Buchbinder is an Austrian classical pianist. Buchbinder studied with Bruno Seidlhofer at the Vienna Academy of Music. In 1965 he made a tour of South America. In 1966 he won a special prize awarded at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Subsequently he appeared as soloist around the world, he has taught piano at the Basel Academy of Music. For the Teldec label he has recorded the complete keyboard music of Joseph Haydn, all Mozart's major works for piano, all the Beethoven piano sonatas and variations, both Brahms piano concertos with Harnoncourt and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. With János Starker, he recorded memorable performances of works for cello and piano by Beethoven and Brahms, he has twice recorded the Beethoven Piano Concertos conducting from the keyboard, first with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra for the Preiser label in 2007, with the Vienna Philharmonic for the Sony label in 2011. He is one of the few pianists to have recorded the entire Part II of Vaterländischer Künstlerverein, which consists of 50 variations by 50 different composers on a waltz by Anton Diabelli.
He has recorded Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, which comprised Part I of that anthology. He is a life-long interpreter of Mozart's piano concertos and sonatas, displaying a mastery and sensitivity of these great works, conducting from the keyboard. Indeed Mozart's music is at the heart of his repertoire. In 2009, Buchbinder was featured in the award-winning German-Austrian documentary Pianomania, about a Steinway & Sons piano tuner, directed by Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis; the film premiered theatrically in North America, where it was met with positive reviews by The New York Times, as well as in Asia and throughout Europe, is a part of the Goethe-Institut catalogue. 1961: First Prize at the International Competition in Munich, division "Piano Trio" 1970: Mozart Interpretation Prize of the Austrian Minister for Education and the Arts 1977: Grand Prix du Disque for the entire piano works of Joseph Haydn 1989: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1992 Honorary Member of the Vienna Symphony 1994: Honorary Member of the Carinthian Summer 1995: Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class 1996: Great Merit of the Province of Salzburg 1996: Grand Gold Decoration of Carinthia 1996: Bruckner Ring of the Vienna Konzerthaus 1996: Gold Medal for services to the City of Vienna 1999: Grand Gold Decoration of Lower Austria 2003: Grand Gold Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria 2004: Gold Medal of Salzburg 2007: Gold Medal of the Austrian capital Vienna 2008: Honorary Member of the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna 2010: Tourism Award of the State of Lower Austria for his work in music tourism in Grafenegg 2011: Gloria Artis, Medal for Merit to Culture 2012: Echo Klassik in German music award as Instrumentalist of the Year and the album Beethoven: The Sonata Legacy issued by RCA Red Seal/Sony Slonimsky, Nicolas.
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Classical Musicians. New York: Schirmer Books. ISBN 978-0-02-871271-0. Biography from IMG Artists Hear Rudolf Buchbinder in concert from WGBH Radio Boston
Steven De Groote
Steven De Groote was a South African classical pianist. Steven De Groote was born in Johannesburg, South Africa into a Belgian family in which, for three generations every member had been a professional musician, his grandmother was a recipient of the Prix de Rome in Belgium, his father the conductor of the Cape Town University Symphony. As a youngster, De Groote toured South Africa performing trios with his father on violin and brother on cello, he trained with Lamar Crowson in Cape Town, with Eduardo del Pueyo at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, graduating in 1971 with first prize in piano. In 1972, De Groote entered the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied with Rudolf Serkin, Mieczysław Horszowski, Seymour Lipkin, he graduated in 1975. In 1976, De Groote took honours in the Leventritt Competition in New York City. In May 1977, he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York. In September of that year, he was awarded the Grand Prize at the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth, Texas.
In that same competition, he took prizes for Best Performance of a Commissioned Work and Best Performance of Chamber Music, the only winner in the history of the competition to take all prizes. He gave his New York debut recital on November 8, 1977 at the 92nd Street Y, his Van Cliburn Prize Carnegie Hall debut recital was held on December 12, 1977. After winning the Van Cliburn, De Groote's international career took him all over the world. In the United States, he performed with orchestras such as the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Denver Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, his debut, in 1981, at The Proms, playing Gershwin's Concerto in F with Andrew Litton conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, was televised live by the BBC. In 1983-1984, he toured the US as soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic conducted by Kazimierz Kord, and, in 1987, England with the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg conducted by Hans Graf.
He worked with such distinguished conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Serge Baudo, Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, Jörg Faerber, Michael Gielen, Günther Herbig, Eugen Jochum, Bernard Klee, Kiril Kondrashin, Andrew Litton, Lorin Maazel, Karl Münchinger, Eugene Ormandy, Klaus Tennstedt, Antoni Wit, David Zinman. In 1988 Steven returned to his native South Africa to tour with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra on their international tour to the Republic of China on Taiwan; this tour was in recognition of the orchestra's 75 anniversary season and was conducted by David de Villiers. Steven performed in Cape Town, Taipei and Kaohsiung with the orchestra. During this tour he performed Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto, Beethoven Concerto No. 4 and Brahms Concerto No. 2. Recordings of these live concerts are available on the Fidelio label. An accomplished chamber musician, he partnered leading chamber ensembles such as the Guarneri Quartet and the Chilingirian Quartet. In 1981, he joined the faculty of Arizona State University and divided his time between performing and teaching.
In 1987, he succeeded Lili Kraus as artist-in-residence at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. In April that year, he was honored by the Texas Senate for his'outstanding contribution to music', in a resolution expressing the Senate's'highest regard and admiration for him'. De Groote was an amateur pilot. In 1985 he survived a severe crash while attempting to land near Phoenix, his lung and aorta were punctured. After extensive surgery and rehabilitation, De Groote recuperated and resumed flying and piano playing, his miraculous recovery was covered on CBS News Sunday Morning by Charles Kuralt. In 1989 he returned to South Africa for a concert tour. There, he was hospitalized with pneumonia, he died in Johannesburg on 22 May 1989 from multiple organ failure due to AIDS. Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6. Chilingirian Quartet, Steven De Groote. Chandos CHAN 8660 Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2: Much Ado About Nothing, Incidental Music and Suite, Sursum Corda, Concerto for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra.
Steven De Groote, Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Werner Andreas Albert. CPO Walter Piston: Sonatina. Robert Davidovici, Steven De Groote. New World Records NW 80334 Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8. Steven De Groote. Apex 0927 48306 2 Max Reger: Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 114. Steven De Groote, SWF-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, Michael Gielen. Intercord Gielen-Edition In Memory of Steven De Groote: Sergei Prokofiev: Piano Sonata No. 8. Steven De Groote. Finlandia 1576-57703-2 Van Cliburn International Competition Retrospective Series, Vol. 1: Steven De Groote - In Memoriam (works by Frédéric Chopin, Joseph Haydn, Sergei Prokofiev, and
Alexei Sultanov was a Russian classical pianist of Uzbek origin. Alexei Sultanov was born to a family of musicians. At the age of 6, he began piano lessons in Tashkent with Tamara Popovich and with Lev Naumov at the Moscow Conservatory. At the age of thirteen he was a participant of the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians in Prague, he became famous after winning the Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition on June 11, 1989 at the age of 19. He was the youngest contestant in that year's competition. Listeners were awed by his virtuosic technique and dynamic range. After winning the Van Cliburn, he made appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. In October 1995, Sultanov won second prize at the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition but he refused to accept it. In 1996 he had his first stroke, despite his refusal was convinced by his wife Dace Abele to visit Ed Kramer, the local neurologist. Kramer checked on him and discovered some small black spots which proved to him that blood clots had formed in the brain.
Despite the stroke he continued his performance in Tokyo. After that the same neurologist diagnosed him with diastolic heart failure. In February 2001, he had another stroke; the strokes damaged everything except the cerebral cortex and he was able to continue performing while sitting in a wheelchair. On June 30, 2005 at 4:30am, he died of suffocation following a stroke, he died at the age of 35 in Fort Worth. During his life his performances of concerti by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff were recorded with Maxim Shostakovich conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and were published under the Teldec Classics label, while his other albums such as the Fantaisie Impromptu of 1997 and Sultanov plays Chopin, released two years were published by the Arts Core Corporation, he was a part of a PBS documentary called Here to Make Music, produced by Peter Rosen for US viewers. The film won an award and has been aired worldwide since. Sultanov on "Late Night With David Letterman" on YouTube The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Sultanov announced as the winner, video Sultanov Live in Japan, CD Official website
International Tchaikovsky Competition
The International Tchaikovsky Competition is a classical-music competition held every four years in Moscow, for pianists and cellists between 16 and 32 years of age, singers between 19 and 32 years of age. The competition is named after Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and is an active member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions; the International Tchaikovsky Competition was the first international music competition held in the Soviet Union. For the XIV competition in 2011, Valery Gergiev was appointed the competition's chairman, Richard Rodzinski, former president of the Van Cliburn Foundation, was appointed general director. A new voting system was instituted, created by mathematician John MacBain, used by the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition. All rules and regulations underwent a complete revision. Emphasis was placed on the composition of the jury, which consisted of well-known and respected performing artists.
For all competitions from 2011 forward, a first prize will always be awarded. The XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition was held in Moscow and St. Petersburg, from June 14 to July 1, 2011, under the auspices of the Russian federal government and its Ministry of Culture; the competition disciplines were piano, violin and voice. The XV competition took place in June 2015.. The XVI competition will take place June 2019, in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Cash prizes are awarded to the top-five competitors in each discipline of piano, cello, to each of the top four competitors in the men's and women's solo vocal categories. First prize is 20,000 Euro. An additional prize, a Grand Prix of 100,000 Euro, may be awarded to one of the gold medalists deemed outstanding by the juries. Additional awards are given for best performance of the chamber concertos and the commissioned new work. For the 2019 competition, the prizes are as follows: Held every four years, the first competition, in 1958, included two disciplines – piano and violin.
Beginning with the second competition, in 1962, a cello category was added, the vocal division was introduced during the third competition in 1966. In 1990, a fifth discipline was announced for the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition — a contest for violin makers which traditionally comes before the main competition. Winners of the top four prizes awarded in category. Official website for the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition Official website for the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition Live Webcasts from XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition Directory of International Piano Competitions Intermezzo-Productions.com Mariinsky
Yekwon Sunwoo is a South Korean classical pianist. In 2017, at 28 years old, Sunwoo was the first Korean to win the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he won the Sendai International Music Competition in 2013. Sunwoo was born in Anyang, South Korea in 1989, he began studying piano at the age of 8, drawn to the instrument from hearing his two older sisters play. By 2004 at the age of 15, he had given both his orchestra debuts in Seoul. Sunwoo attended Seoul Arts High School in South Korea. While living in Korea, Sunwoo studied with Sun-wha Kim. At the age of 15, Sunwoo moved to the United States to attend the Curtis Institute of Music where he received the Rachmaninoff prize and studied with Seymour Lipkin. After graduating with his Bachelor’s degree, Sunwoo earned his master’s degree studying with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School, where he won both the Munz Scholarship Competition and the Arthur Rubinstein Prize, he earned his artist diploma from the Mannes School of Music studying with Richard Goode.
Sunwoo studies under Bernd Goetzke at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany. After winning the 2008 Florida International Piano Competition, Sunwoo gave his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City in 2009, he went on to win several other competitions including the William Kapell International Piano Competition, Vendome Prize held at the Verbier Festival, the International German Piano Award. On June 10, 2017, Sunwoo won the gold medal of the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, becoming the first Korean to do so; the quadrennial competition, named in honor of pianist Van Cliburn, included four rounds of performances consisting of two 45-minute solo recitals and one 60-minute solo recital with no overlapping repertoire in addition to a piano quintet performed with the Brentano String Quartet and two piano concertos played with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, one under Nicholas McGegan and other under Leonard Slatkin. The Competition received 290 applications from which 30 were invited to compete in the live competition.
By winning the gold medal, Sunwoo was awarded the Van Cliburn Cup, $50,000, three years of career management, a live recording and a recording partnership with Universal Music Group, press kits, videos, a website, performance attire by Neiman Marcus. Two weeks after the conclusion of the 2017 Cliburn competition, Decca Gold released Cliburn Gold 2017 which includes Sunwoo’s live performances from the Competition. Sunwoo has performed with many top-tier orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra with Marin Alsop, Orchestre National de Belgique, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra with James Feddeck, The Juilliard Orchestra with Itzhak Perlman, he has given recitals in venues across the world including the Berliner Philharmonie, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, Wigmore Hall in London, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Following an announcement in December 2017, Sunwoo is managed worldwide by Keynote Artist Management and in Korea by MOC Production.
Sunwoo is an active chamber musician and has performed with such ensembles as the Jerusalem and Brentano String Quartets in addition to violinist Ida Kafavian, cellists Edgar Moreau, Gary Hoffman, Peter Wiley, pianist Anne-Marie McDermott. He has released two albums with violinist Benjamin Beilman and Prokofiev Violin Sonatas. In 2007, he toured Central America including Costa Rica and Panama with the Kumho Asiana Cultural Foundation, he has been presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and invited to several music festivals including Summit Music, Bowdoin International, Toronto. Official website Cliburn profile
Barry Douglas (musician)
William Barry Douglas in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is a classical pianist and conductor. He studied piano, cello and organ while growing up in Belfast, he first studied in Belfast while attending Methodist College Belfast and, at 16, had lessons with Felicitas LeWinter, a pupil of Emil von Sauer and grand-pupil of Franz Liszt. In London he studied with John Barstow for four years and studied with Maria Curcio, the last and favourite pupil of Artur Schnabel, going on to study with the Russian pianist Yevgeny Malinin in Paris, he won the Bronze Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Texas in 1985 and second prize in the 1980 Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. He won the gold medal outright in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, the first non-Russian pianist to do so since Van Cliburn in 1958, his debut album was a recording of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. He has made many recordings since and has completed recording the five Beethoven piano concertos and the Triple Concerto.
He is Artistic Director of the International Piano Festival in Manchester and the Clandeboye Festival in Clandeboye, County Down. He founded Camerata Ireland in 1998 which has Elizabeth Mary McAleese as Joint Patrons. Douglas devotes part of his time to conducting the Camerata Ireland orchestra, he has directed cycles of the complete Beethoven symphonies and Mozart and Schubert symphonies and Mozart concertos in 2000 and 2001. He has made recordings for the RCA Victor Red Satirino France labels. Douglas was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2002 New Year Honours List for services to music, he received a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music where he is Visiting Prince Consort Professor of Piano, an Hon. Doctorate of Music from Queens University Belfast, he received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the National University of Ireland in September 2007. He has three children, he shares his time between Lurgan. Official website