Creative and Dreams Music Network, LLC and Fred Cannon KHS are proud to welcome Z.
Barely in his twenties, piano virtuoso Z has already made a name for himself on the global stage and has performed in front of world dignitaries. In 2007, at the age of 12, he performed for David Miliband, then British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who was so impressed that he personally invited Z to further his musical education in the UK. The following year, Condoleezza Rice, then US Secretary of State and herself a former professional pianist, verbally praised Z’s prolific talent after watching him perform at the Olympic Games in Beijing during her visit to China. With his charismatic stage presence and unique, yet honest, interpretative style, Z endeavors to appeal to a broader audience, in turn guiding them towards a greater appreciation and understanding of the classical piece; he allows them to not only experience the beauty of the music, but also invokes a sense of the cultural time in which it was written.
Born in 1995, Z spent his formative years in New Zealand. At age 6, he discovered a love of music after watching the movie ‘The Legend of 1900’. Determined to become a concert pianist, he began taking piano lessons. By the time he was 13, Z moved to Beijing, after being accepted into the prestigious Central Conservatory of Music of China. While attending the Bowdoin Music Festival the following year, Z was offered a full scholarship to the pre-college program at the Peabody Institute of Music by one of its Professors, Yoon Hi Moon. However, Z elected to move to the US and study at the prestigious academic Latin School of Chicago and to continue taking lessons from Professor Meng Chieh Liu of The Curtis Institute of Music. Upon graduation, Z relocated to Philadelphia and continued his studies with Professors Robert MacDonald and Eleanor Sokoloff, also of The Curtis Institute of Music. In 2014, after receiving acceptance letters from the Juilliard School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Peabody Institute and the Manhattan School of Music among others, Z was the only applicant in the US to be accepted by the Royal Academy of Music in London which he ultimately accepted and enrolled in their Bachelor in Music program.
Highlights of Z’s career include an invitation by the China National Symphony Orchestra to perform the Mendelssohn Double Piano Concerto in A-flat major, with fellow pianist Meng Chieh Liu, as the program for the closing ceremony of the 2013-2014 music season at Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, an invitation by the Ukraine Orchestra’s Virtuozy Lvova to perform the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto in Ukraine, and an invitation to be the youngest pianist to perform ‘Warsaw Concerto’ for a New Year’s concert at the National Center for the Performing Arts. Most recently, he was honored by China’s Ministry of Culture to give the world premiere performance of ‘China Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra’ with the China National Symphony Orchestra at a Chinese New Year’s Eve concert at the National Center for the Performing Arts. Upcoming performances include an appearance on November 2nd at the National Center for the Performing Arts, and on May 18th, 2017, he is scheduled to play a concert with the Slovak Sinfonietta in Zilina, Slovakia.
Z’s love of the classics is not only limited to music; his personal interests and hobbies include Gothic and English calligraphy, the history of Classical Antiquity and Italian Renaissance, and he enjoys spending his free time copying entire dissertations written by artistic masters of the distant past, together with sketching. He is also interested in neuroscience.
While the letter z is last in the alphabet, Z, the piano virtuoso, is destined to be Number One!
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“It all begins with a creative dream.” – Fred Cannon KHS