Zhu Wang, piano
Praised for his “technical mastery and deep sense of lyricism,” (The Durango Herald), pianist Zhu Wang is the first prize winner of the 2nd Zhuhai International Mozart Competition for Young Musicians, 4th Manhattan International Music Competition, Hilton Head Young Artist Piano Competition, Music Academy of the West Solo Piano Competition, PianoTexas Concerto Competition and Juilliard Gina Bachauer International Scholarship Piano Competition. He is also the finalist of 2019 Clara Haskil International Piano Competition and recipient of Juilliard Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship. Zhu has been a featured soloist on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase and WFMT’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts. The world-renowned pianist Fou T’song recognized Zhu as an “excellent pianist with a natural sense of harmony and imagination,” whose sensitive and engaging performances exhibit a remarkable depth of musicianship and poise beyond his age.
Highlights of the 2019-20 season include solo recital in Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a recital tour with violinist Randall Goosby. Zhu has performed across the US and internationally in China, Italy, Poland, and Japan at prestigious venues such as Kennedy Center for the Performing Art, the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Kammermusiksaal of Berliner Philharmonie, Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, Shanghai Concert Hall, Chicago Cultural Center and The Morgan Library. Since his orchestral debut at age 14 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, where he performed Mozart Piano Concerto No.21, he has soloed with Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Zermatt Music Festival Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Brunensis Virtuosi Orchestra, San Juan Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic and Mongolian Symphony Orchestra.
Zhu is also an active chamber musician and new music promoter. He had world premiered American composer Timo Andres’s Moving Etúdes in his national tour. He has appears in many festivals, including the Music Academy of the West, Four Seasons Winter Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, International Piano Academy Lake Como, PianoTexas International Festival & Academy, Shanghai International Music Festival, Music Fest Perugia, and Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival in Italy.
Zhu has had the honor to study with and perform for many influential pianists, including Gary Graffman, Arie Vardi, Fou T’song, Stephen Hough, Murray Perahia, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert Levin, Matti Raekallio, and Jeremy Denk. He is also the recipient of special prizes for the best Waltz, preludes, and Mazurka in the 5th International Chopin Young artist Piano Competition and the 16th Asian Chopin International Piano Competition in Japan.
Zhu started learning piano at the age of five. He is a graduate from Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Zhe Tang. Zhu is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Music Degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Robert McDonald.
Zhu gratefully acknowledges the support of the Badby Foundation for the Musical Arts.