Lauren Zhang

Piano - 2018 Winner

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Since winning BBC Young Musician in her home city of Birmingham, Lauren has been invited to perform at the BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra, Proms in the Park with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and is in demand as soloist throughout the UK and internationally.

At the age of 16, Lauren Zhang won the 2018 BBC Young Musician Competition. Lauren’s performance of Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth was broadcast live on BBC4 and BBC Radio 3 to widespread acclaim. Following her success in the competition, Lauren will make her BBC Proms debut at the Royal Albert Hall this summer. She is in demand as a soloist throughout the UK and further afield.

Lauren studies piano with Dr Robert Markham in the Junior Department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She began piano lessons with Madeline Ignazito in the USA at the age of four, later moving to Birmingham where she is a pupil at the King Edward VI High School for Girls. She achieved her fellowship diploma in piano performance at the age of 13. Lauren has participated in masterclasses with Fabio Bidini, Peter Donohoe, Kalman Drafi, Pascal Nemirovski, Kenneth Hamilton, Lan Mi, and John Thwaites. She also receives guidance from Professor Christopher Elton.

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), and was awarded first prize in the EPTA-UK (18 and under) competition (2015), and first prize in the Emanuel Piano Trophy competition (2015).

Lauren also plays the violin, studying with Sam Mason, and achieved her licentiate diploma at the age of 12. She has participated in and organised various charity concerts and is a keen chamber musician as a pianist and violinist. Lauren is grateful for the support of YCAT through their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.

Press reviews

“Lauren Zhang’s power never let up, yet what most impressed was the magical delicacy of her playing in the softer passages”

BBC Young Musician final, The Times, May 2018

“A superhuman display of keyboard virtuosity”

BBC Young Musician final, The Arts Desk, May 2018

“Lauren owned [Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto] from the very first bars, revealing not only exceptional technically mastery but also acute musical intelligence and insight in a work of striking contrasts, substance and depth”

BBC Young Musician final, The Cross-Eyed Pianist, May 2018
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