„The B minor Sonata of Liszt, in music once considered technically unplayable and musically incomprehensible, Haiou Zhang recreates a visionary masterpiece and a landmark in the history of music with exceptional grandeur and lucidity(…)Haiou Zhang is a most serious artist.” - - Gramophone Magazine, Bryce Morrison
„Haiou Zhang gives a true bang-up performance that I’m sure both Liszt and Horowitz would smile at .”
- American Record Guide, James Harrington
Only in his young age, Haiou Zhang has received wide recognition by critics and audiences in Europe, North and South America and the Far East.
In the last three seasons, Haiou Zhang performed over 30 recitals throughout major concert halls in his home country China for more than 40000 classical music lovers. A renewed concert tour in 2019 with Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra under the Israeli conductor Yeruham Sharovsky received enthusiastic acclaims for his unique interpretation of Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1.
His CD albums under the nobel label hänssler CLASSIC are now on the market worldwide. Lufthansa have selected it in the official board music programs. Reviews have been raves throughout Europe, the United States, Canada and South America. In March 2019 Haiou Zhang launched his new Mozart concerto CD II with NDR Philharmonic String Players. "I find Zhang graceful and sensitive in the introspective slow movements, so emotionally affecting, and suitably brisk and vivacious in the Finales." - Musicweb International observed.
For the upcoming concert season 2020/21 Haiou Zhang will launch his magic touch on Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 K.467 at the Symphony Hall of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with NDR Radiophilharmonie under the baton of Joshua Weilerstein. Furhter orchestral schedules include Liszt's Totentanz with Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra under Kahchun Wong, Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with Bremerhaven Philharmonic Orchestra under Marc Niemann, Beethoven Piano Concerto No.2 with Trier Philharmonic Orchestra under Renchang Fu, Mozart Piano Concerto No.9 K.271 with Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under Robertas Šervenikas, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 with Siberian Symphony Orchestra under Dmitry Vasiliev, Mendelssohn Piano Concerto No.2 with Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Amos Talmon, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 with Voronezh State Academic Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Verbitsky and Mozart piano concerti with Vorpommern Philharmonic Orchestra as well Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina in Florence. Besides, piano recitals will bring him back to Konzerthaus Berlin, Brucknerhaus Linz and start a intense chamber music collaborations on prime Radio concert series with Hába Quartet of Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and WDR Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players.
In the season 2018/2019 he performed Tchaikovsky piano concerto No.1 with Russian National Philharmonic under Vladimir Spivakov in their Europa Tour, Beethoven piano concerto No.5 and Mozart piano concerto No.20 K.466 with NDR Radiophilharmonie under Andrew Manze, Rachmaninoff piano concerto No.3 with Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra under Vakhtang Kakhidze and Mozart piano concerti circles with Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Estonian Sinfonietta, musica assoluta, National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia. Exciting concert debuts brought him to the Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Essen and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.
Haiou Zhang conquered thousands of concert goers on a Canadian Tour with the Slovak Sinfonietta under Kerry Stratton performing Beethoven piano concerti and Mozart piano concerto No.21 K.467 with Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Fey in Brazil in 2010. Standing ovations accompanied him at every single concert. Engagements as a soloist have included with Russian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra St. Petersburg under Juri Gilbo, Orchestra Filharmonica della Calabria under Filippo Arlia, Ontario Philharmonic under Marco Parisotto and German orchestras such as Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn and the Polish Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Sopot, the Czech Hradec Králové Philharmonic, the National Philharmonic of Ukraine and orchestras in China such as the Beijing Symphony Orchestra under Lihua Tan, Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra under James P. Liu, Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra under Renchang Fu, Changsha Symphony Orchestra under Ming Xiao etc.
Haiou Zhang performed in finest concerts hall and festivals: Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Beijing Concert Hall, Sala São Paulo, CBC Glenn Could Studio Toronto and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Beethovenhaus Bonn, Regentenbau in Bad Kissingen and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Würzburg Bach Festival, Augsburg Mozart Festival, Weilburger Schlosskonzerte, Hohenloher Kultursommer, Festival International de Musique de Besançon in France, Festival de Música de Sant Pere de Rodes in Spain, International Music Festival Trecastagni in Italy, Pažaislis Music Festival in Lithunia, International Music Festival Kurressare in Estonia and Tbilisi Autumn International Music Festival in Georgia.
His chamber music collaborators are the vision string quartet, Quatuor Hermès, Meccore String Quartet, Eldbjørg Hemsing, Feng Ning, Sarah Christian, Friederike Starkloff, Solenne Paidassi and Leonid Gorokhov.
Haiou Zhang is heard regularly in concerts and interviews for various radio stations and television, such as CCTV China, SF1 Switzerland, NPR, BBC3, CBC, Classical FM96.3, Ontario TV Canada, Radio 4 Netherland, ORF 1 Austria, Radio New Zealand, France télévision 3 and has strong presence at German classical radio landscape at BR-Klassik, NDR Kultur, WDR3, SWR2, Deutschlandradio Kultur and the Deutsche Welle TV.
Grand Prix at the fifth Vladimir Horowitz International piano competition and first Piano Duo competition in Shenzhen, China. Haiou Zhang was awarded the audience prize at the Piano Olympics at Bad Kissingen Summer Festival, Gundlach Music Award and Dr. Maria Zbick Artist Award.
Beside his concert career, he is also the Music Director and Founder of International Music Festival Buxtehude, Altes Land & Harburg in Northern Germany. The festival has enormously established as one of he most successful classical music institution in the Hamburg metropolitan area. From January 2020 Haiou Zhang is appointed as the new Music Director of Öschberghof Klassik in Donaueschingen.
Haiou Zhang received his very first piano lesson at the age of almost nine years old. Two years later he stands out as the one of the only 4 (150 in total) candidates get accepted into the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and graduated in 2002 with special honors. 2011, he graduated with the best note in the soloist-class at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover with Prof. Bernd Goetzke, the last pupil of the legendary pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Haiou Zhang gives masterclasses in Canada, USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and diverse universities in China.