Since winning the gold medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences in the United States, Europe and Asia with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination and spectacular virtuosity. Zhang made his BBC Proms debut in 2014 to rave reviews; in past seasons, he has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and others. On this new release, he performs piano concertos by Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev alongside the prestigious Lahti Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dima Slobodeniouk.
With nearly 450 Tchaikovsky First Concerto recordings available on different CDs currently, is another really needed? In this case, the answer is an enthusiastic "yes." Listening to this former Van Cliburn Competition Gold Medalist play leaves no doubt that here is an artist of rare talent.
In the Prokofiev, his articulation and phrasing, precision and power, merit the highest praise.