Haochen Zhang

Chris Lee Photographer

Join us on Sunday, May 17th at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1, and Monday, May 18th at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2, when pianist Haochen Zhang, the 29-year-old recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and gold-medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, will be the soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts.

Born in Shanghai in 1990, pianist Haochen Zhang won the Van Cliburn Competition in 2009, which launched his career. He went on to win an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2017, and today he's an international star, receiving kudos from media outlets around the globe. “Such a combination of enchanting, sensitive lyricism and hypnotizing forcefulness is a phenomenon encountered very rarely," says The Jerusalem Post. Two of his favorite things: Rachmaninoff and Philadelphia.

Praised as an artist of "rare talent"(Gramophone) whose playing is "dazzling' (The Washington Post), Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang visited the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio ahead of his return engagement as soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra in October, 2019.

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David Patrick Stearns profiles 20-year-old pianist Haochen Zhang. A 2009 gold-medal winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he opens the Mann Center season on June 15, 2010.