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Shenzhen Special Zone Daily | Expert pianist becomes the first SUSTech artist-in-residence

Jan 17, 2019 In The Media

“I found that the scientists and scientific researchers are the most enthusiastic group for classical music and are professional for it when I am touring around the world as a pianist. I believe that science has a deep connection with music so I hope to find the answer in SUSTech.”

The morning of the 16th saw Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) University Council Chairperson Guo Yurong bring the most talented pianist Zhang Haochen, to SUSTech where he would sign on as the first resident pianist, with his beloved teacher as well as a famous Chinese pianist Dan Zhao-yi was in attendance at the announcement.

29-year-old Zhang Haochen has been performing on his own since the age of 5, where he hosted a solo concert in Shanghai. One year later, he headlined a concert with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, also known as K467.

At 15, he moved to the United States on a full scholarship to study at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he was the only Chinese student admitted in the famously selective institution. When he was 19, he was the first Chinese and Asian winner of the Nancy Lee and Perry L Bass Gold Medal at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

In the ceremony, he performed some famous pieces and exchange views with SUSTech students. He noted that Shenzhen is an important place where he grew up and started to step on the international stage, which is also meaningful to him. He hoped that he could make a great contribution to the educational development of Shenzhen through this cooperation with high-level colleges and institutions.

Source: Shenzhen Special Zone Daily, Han Wenjia

Translated and Adapted: Liu Jiaqi

Proofread: Chris Edwards

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