The Haiou Zhang Piano Award is presented every two years by Haiou Zhang personally to a young pianist at International Music Festival Buxtehude / Altes Land / Harburg. This year's award ceremony will take place on September 9, 2020. The prize worth 1,000 euros will be donated this year by Wolfgang Ruf (Switzerland) and Prof. Dr. Martin Speich (Hanover). A total amount of 8 nominated participants from major German state music universities such as Hanover, Cologne, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Karlsruhe and Würzburg are going to compete for Edition2020.
The award includes concert engagements in different cities in Germany, a scholarship to promote participation in the competition and a CD recording. The funding is provided by the JCT Foundation in cooperation with the Künstlerförderverein Oberhausen.
Onute Grazinyte, the laureate of 2018 has successfully performed a recital tour in 2019 and will make her Debuts with Mozart's piano concerto No.12 K.414 with Russian Chamber Philharmonic St. Petersburg under the baton of Maestro Juri Gilbo in September 2020 at the Kupferhaus Planegg near Munich and the Oberrheinhalle Offenburg.