BBC Young Musician of the Year, Pianist Lauren Zhang, Will Give a Solo Recital at the Next Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 April 2020

“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)

The winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, pianist Lauren Zhang, will give a solo recital at the next Elena Cobb Star Prize Festival at the Royal Albert Hall on 6 April 2020.

In 2018, Lauren Zhang won the BBC Young Musician Competition. Her 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 critical acclaim. She went on to make her BBC Proms debut and is in demand as soloist throughout the UK and further afield.

Lauren studies with Dr Robert Markham in the Junior Department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and is a pupil at the King Edward VI High School for Girls. In 2016, she won first prize at the 15th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany.

Future highlights include concerto performances with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic, London Mozart Players, Orchestra of the Swan and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. She gives recitals at the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Tonhalle in Zürich, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and as part of the Ryedale, Lichfield and Wooburn Festivals, among many others.

Eva Gevorgyan, 14-years-old Russian piano prodigy, the 1st Prize and Special Award Winner at Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists in the USA (2018), performed a recital in the Festival 2019. Read more >

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