The Birmingham Museum of Art proudly presents Haochen Zhang, The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist of the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performing at the Annual Rushton Concert. This concert will take place in the Steiner Auditorium and is offered to the public for free on a first come, first served basis.
6:00 pm //
Pre-concert tour of the exhibition, Daumier: Art for the Masses. Led by Chief Curator Jeannine O’Grody.
7:30 pm //
Concert begins with renowned pianist, Haochen Zhang, Gold Medalist winner at the 13th Van Cliburn Competition. The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medalist of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Haochen Zhang "demonstrated a musical maturity almost unimaginable in one so young," observed Scott Cantrell of The Dallas Morning News.
The youngest participant in the competition at 19, the pianist was previously recognized for his prodigious talent as the youngest winner of the 2007 China International Piano Competition when he was 17 years old. A sensitive musician and insightful programmer, Mr. Zhang is in demand worldwide for orchestral and recital engagements. He launched his first year as a Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist with prestigious engagements, including the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Academy, the Washington Performing Arts Society, and as part of Carnegie Hall's "Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture." He also made a triumphant return to his native China as soloist at the Beijing Music Festival in the winter of 2009.