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Lauren Zhang

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Lauren Zhang

Born December 2001 (age 17)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Genres Classical

Instruments Piano

Years active 2018–present

Lauren Zhang (born in December 2001) is an American-born pianist who won the BBC's Young
Musician Contest in May 2018. In 2010, Zhang moved with her parents to Birmingham, the United
Kingdom, where she has been studying music at the Birmingham Junior Conservatoire while
attending King Edward VI High School for Girls.[1][2]

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lauren Zhang started to play the piano under Madeline Ignazito
when she was four years old, and the violin under Terry Coulton at the age of six in Illinois. In 2010,
when their family moved to England,[3] Lauren Zhang joined the Junior Department at the Royal
Birmingham Conservatoire and initially studied piano with Rebeca Omordia. Since 2011, she has
been studying the piano under Dr Robert Markham who was a finalist at the Tchaikovsky
International Competition in Moscow in 1994, and the piano class winner of the BBC Young
Musician of the Year Competition in 1986. Zhang has also studied the violin at the Conservatoire
under Sam Mason. In addition, Lauren Zhang has received advice and participated in masterclasses
with Kenneth Hamilton, Lan Mi, Fabio Bidini, Peter Donohoe, Kalman Drafi, Philip Martin, Pascal
Nemirovski, and John Thwaites. Lauren also receives guidance from Christopher Elton. She
achieved her fellowship diploma in piano performance at the age of 13, having completed her
licentiate diploma the year before. She also achieved her licentiate diploma in violin at the age of 12.
Interested in chamber music, she plays in ensembles.[2]
At the final of the Young Musician competition, Zhang played Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto,
accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth.
Commenting on her performance, the judging panel chair Kerry Andrew praised her "technical skill
and intelligent musicality".[2] The winner of the 2004 competition, and 2018 BBC Young Musician
Ambassador, the violinist Nicola Benedetti,[4] noted her "natural genuine musicianship" while Julian
Lloyd Webber, head of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, said: "Having spent a lifetime making
music with some of the world’s finest musicians, I can honestly say that Lauren is up there with the
best—she is a total phenomenon."[1] Timothy English, who heads the Junior Conservatoire,
commented: "Lauren has been a student at the Junior Conservatoire for the past eight years and it
has been a great privilege to watch her develop into an extraordinary young pianist. She is a
musician of exceptional talent and commitment, and this latest success is richly deserved."[5]
In 2016, Lauren Zhang won the first prize at the 15th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for
Young Pianists in Germany. Among other achievements, she was a prize winner at the Young
Pianist of the North International Competition (2015) and the Wales International Piano Festival
(2016), first prize winner in the EPTA-UK competition (18 and under (2016), 15 and under (2015), 12
and under (2013)), and first prize in the Emanuel Piano Trophy competition (2015).[2]

1. ^ Jump up to:a b Tilden, Imogen (13 May 2018). "Pianist Lauren Zhang wins BBC Young
Musician". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
2. ^ Jump up to:a b c d "Sixteen year-old pianist Lauren Zhang wins BBC Young Musician". BBC. 14 May
3. ^ "KEHS Student Lauren Zhang Wins BBC Young Musician Of The Year". The Schools of King
Edward VI in Birmingham. May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
4. ^ Wright, Katy (15 March 2018). "BBC Young Musician announces 40th anniversary
celebrations". Rhinegold Publishing. Retrieved 30 July 2018.
5. ^ Hurst, Ben (14 May 2018). "City piano prodigy Lauren Zhang wins BBC Young Musician 2018".
BirminghamLive. Retrieved 17 May 2018.


BBC Young Musician winners






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 American classical pianists
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 American classical violinists
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 Musicians from Birmingham, West Midlands
 People educated at King Edward VI High School for Girls, Birmingham
 21st-century women musicians
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