Lauren Zhang

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University of Leeds School of Music, Cavendish Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT


Leeds Inspired

Lauren Zhang

28th June 2024

Robert Schumann – Kreisleriana, op 16
Frédéric Chopin – Sonata no 2, op 35

At the age of 16, Lauren won the BBC Young Musician Competition performing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to widespread critical acclaim. Highlights since then include her debut at the BBC Proms and appearances as soloist with the London Mozart Players, European Union Chamber Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw.

In 2020, Lauren was invited to make her debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia and with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Swan and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and returned to Germany at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr. She also performed at the Kissinger Sommer and Burghofspiele Rheingau Sommer festivals in 2023.

She has given recitals across the UK, as part of the Ryedale, Lichfield and Wooburn Festivals, and further afield in the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Herkulessaal in Munich, and the Max-Littmann-Saal and the Rossini-Saal in Bad Kissingen. In 2024, she made her debut at the SJE Arts International Piano Series and Darlington Piano Society. Her performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, TVN24 in Poland, and Deutschlandfunk in Germany.

Lauren began piano lessons at the age of four in the US with Madeline Ignazito. Since moving to the UK in 2010, she has studied with Dr Robert Markham in the Junior Department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and began taking lessons with Professor Christopher Elton in 2017. Lauren graduated from Harvard College (A.B., Chemistry) in May 2024. She will start medical school at Columbia University this autumn.

In 2016, Lauren won first prize at the 15th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. Among other achievements, she was a prize-winner at the Wales International Piano Festival (2016) and the Young Pianist of the North International Competition (2015).

She has participated in masterclasses or lessons with Joaquín Achúcarro, Sergei Babayan, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Fabio Bidini, Peter Donohoe, Peter Frankl, Kenneth Hamilton, Klaus Hellwig, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Pascal Nemirovski, Marios Papadopoulos, Menahem Pressler, Boris Slutsky, and John Thwaites.