In 2021, Fang Zhang won the BBC Young Musician Competition.

His performance of Keiko Abe’s Prism Rhapsody for marimba with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 
and 4 to widespread critical acclaim.

Fang won first prize on marimba at the Xiamen International Percussion Competition (2019). Among other achievements, he was a prize-winner at the China National Youth Percussion Competition (2019), and was awarded first prize in numerous categories (snare drum, marimba and vibraphone) in the junior division at the 2nd Tokyo International Percussion Competition (2016), and first prize on marimba (junior division) at New York International Percussion Competition (2014).

Fang studies with Chen ShaoLun at Qingdao Percussion College in Shandong Province, China. He began percussion lessons at age nine, later moving to the UK in 2018 where he was a pupil at Chetham’s School of Music supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Bursary. He was fortunate to receive guidance from Le Yu, Paul Patrick, Dave Hext and Sophie Hastings.

Fang is grateful to the Young Classical Artists Trust for their generous support in their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.

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Press reviews

His thrilling but expressive delivery showed the utmost control and elegance. Modest in manner, poetic and disciplined in gesture, he has consummate musicality.

BBC Young Musician Final / The Guardian / May 2021

...he proceeded to sizzle with even power as he charged up and down his marimba in Keiko Abe’s Prison Rhapsody, hitting its bars with up to six mallets at once.

BBC Young Musician Final / The Times / May 2021


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