At the age of 16, Lauren won the BBC Young Musician Competition performing with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to widespread critical acclaim.

Lauren Zhang

Since then, solo appearances include her debut at the BBC proms, the London Mozart Players, European Union Chamber Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra and Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra in Warsaw.

Highlights this season include a collaboration with cellists Jan Vogler and Daniel Mueller-Schott at Rheingau Musik Festival and Schloss Elmau, in addition to recitals across the UK and Germany.

In 2020, Lauren was invited to make her debut with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in Australia and with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. She performed as soloist with the Orchestra of the Swan and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and returned to Germany at Klavier-Festival Ruhr.

She has given recitals as part of the Ryedale, Lichfield and Wooburn Festivals, amongst many others and further afield in the Tonhalle in Zürich and the Herkulessaal in Munich. Her performances have been broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4, TVN24 in Poland, and Deutschlandfunk in Germany.

Currently in her first year at Harvard University, Lauren began piano lessons at the age of four in the US with Madeline Ignazito. Since moving to the UK, she has studied with Dr Robert Markham in the Junior Department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and also began taking lessons with Professor Christopher Elton since 2017.

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).

She has participated in masterclasses or lessons with Joaquín Achúcarro, Sergei Babayan, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Fabio Bidini, Peter Donohoe, Peter Frankl, Kenneth Hamilton, Klaus Hellwig, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Pascal Nemirovski, Marios Papadopoulos, Menahem Pressler, Boris Slutsky and John Thwaites.

Lauren is grateful for the support of YCAT through their aftercare scheme for BBC Young Musician finalists.

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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


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