"Zhang Zuo is the one of the most outstanding and passionate pianistic talents I have come across" - Maestro Paavo Järvi
An imaginative and electrifying performer, Zhang Zuo (“Zee Zee”) has been chosen to join BBC's flagship Young Artist programme in the UK for the next two seasons.
New Generation Artists perform a series of high–profile concerts in London and around Great Britain, including prestigious appearances at the BBC Proms and recording sessions with the leading BBC Orchestras that have been broadcast for thousands of people on BBC Radio 3.
Possessing dazzling technical prowess and spontaneous flair, Zee Zee has been described as "full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigor of youth" (Chinese Gramophone). Her interpretations and communicative abilities have been praised as "taking us to another reality…bright, expressive and moving to the extreme" (Belgischer Rundfunk) while her creative maturity has been hailed as "a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry" (Los Angeles Times).
Zee Zee’s unique musical talent was first discovered in Germany, where she began her training at age five. Upon her return to China, she became one of the most sought after young artists in the nation, collaborating with virtually all major Chinese orchestras such as Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, and Guangzhou Philharmonic.
The success of Zee Zee’s debuts with top international orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and National Orchestra of Belgium, brought invitations to perform in the world's most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory. Zee Zee’s recent highlights include performances with the BBC Philharmonic and BBC Ulster Orchestra (with whom she performed a live, televised concert for the BBC Proms this past summer).
Other highlights include appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony and Paavo Jarvi in Mendelssohn’s first concerto as well as her Ravinia Festival debut in September 2014. In the autumn of 2014, Zee Zee joined violinist Julian Rachlin and cellist Lynn Harrell for a recital tour of Italy.
Having completed her piano studies with Dan Zhao Yi at the Shenzhen Arts School , Zee Zee was invited to continue her artistic development under the mentorship of Nelita True at the Eastman School of Music and Yoheved Kaplinsky and Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School, where she won the coveted Petschek Piano Award. Among Zee Zee’s achievements are first prizes at China's 1st International Piano Concerto Competition, the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in America, and the Krainev International Piano Competition in Ukraine, as well as most recently being a prizewinner at the 2013 Queen Elizabeth Competition. She currently studies at the Peabody Institute with Leon Fleisher, and is honoured to receive musical guidance from Alfred Brendel.