Young Artisits Concerts 2004 TCU/Cliburn Chinese Version 2004 TCU/Cliburn Japanese Version


YouYou Zhang

Ms. YouYou Zhang enrolled in The Curtis Institute of Music in USA in 1998 when she was fourteen years old and studies with Seymour Lipkin completing her Bachelor's Degree. Throughout these six years of study, her piano playing has been progressing rapidly with huge amount of repertoires.

In 2002, she won the first prize of "Pennsylvania Young Artist Competition" in USA as well as the first prize of "Connecticut Young Artist Competition" in 2003 in USA. She was also one of the Finalists in world renowned "Busoni Piano International Competition" in Italy during the year of 2002-2003. Due to her wonderful performances in the Busoni competition, she was selected and awarded as one of the newly featured artists by one of the best classical music websites in the world - "" of Italy as to promote young excellent artists (pianists) to the world.

In 2003, she performed Tchaikovsky Concerto with New Artists Philharmonic in CO. She also performed the same piece with Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in January, 2004 in CT. All the concerts she has performed were hailed with standing ovation from the audiences as well as wonderful reviews from the music critics. Her next couple of confirmed engagements will include performance with Helena Symphony playing Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto in September, 2004 in Montana and with North Penn Symphony Orchestra playing Beethoven "Emperor" piano Concerto No. 5 in October, 2004 in Pennsylvania. During the season of 2004-2005, she will be re-engaged more concerts around the world by the conductors she has worked with.

Ms. YouYou Zhang was born in 1984 in Shanghai, China. She started learning piano when she was five, and had been taught by professor Ms. Mei-Ge Li from Teacher Training University in Shanghai. At the age of ten, she was selected and started studying with famous professor, Ms. Shi-Zhen Yao from Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Her very first recital debut was at the age of five, and in later years, she had chances to perform in the concert hall of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Jin Jiang Recital Hall, etc. In 1996, she had enrolled in the Music Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During the year of 1996-1997 there, she was presented with the Award by the Tang Educational Foundation as well as scholarships to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music Middle School in both 1996-97 and 1997-98.

In the summer of 2000, after her performances in Stiftung fur Internationale Meisterkurse fur Musik Zurich in Switzerland, she was praised by the famous concert pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, "YouYou is an absolutely enormous talent with a brilliant technique and great musical abilities. I believe that she must have a great future as a pianist". Also in 2001 summer, she was praised by the famous piano professor and concert pianist Gerhard Erber after her performances in Leipzig International Music Academy and Festival, "YouYou's immense talent, temperament, and alert musical intelligence help her transfer different playing styles (esp. Bach) in short time. She has a large repertoire for her young age, which she must tend to towards a greater body. Her Charisma is amazing. Her talent deserves great promotion."

It is obvious that her excellent playing would always make wonderful and unforgettable impressions on everyone wherever she goes in the future.


Kuok-man LIo

Kuok-man Lio was born in Macau, China. He began his piano lessons at the age of five. In 1996, he was awarded the Oriental Foundation Scholarship to further his piano studies with Gabriel Kwok, Head of Keyboard Studies of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and conducting with Yip Wing-Sie, Music Director of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. He received his Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honors and has been awarded the Asian Cultural Council fellowship to pursue his Master degree at the Juilliard School of Music studying piano with Robert McDonald and chamber music with Michael Tree. Kuok-man has won numerous awards in local and international piano competitions including first prizes at both the Tenth Hong Kong (Asia) Piano Open Competition in 1999 and the First Toyama Asian Youth Music Competition in 2002. In May 2003, he was the Second Prize winner in the 6th Mauro Paolo Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy. He was also awarded the Critics Jury Award as well as the Asian Pianist Award.

He has studied in master classes given by great pianists such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berman, Peter Donohoe, Sergei Dorensky, Christopher Elton, Vladimir Krainev, Murray Perahia, John Perry, Alexander Satz, Tamás Ungár, and Arie Vardi.

A frequent performer in Hong Kong and abroad, Kuok-man has performed as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Bacau Philharmonic Orchestra (Romania), Macau Chamber Orchestra, Pan Asia Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, and the Macau Youth Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in concerts in Taiwan, Japan, Austria, Germany, Canada, and the United States. He was invited to make studio recording for a young artist program in the Radio & Television Hong Kong.

Besides piano solo engagements, Kuok-man also actives as a conductor. Currently he is an apprentice conductor of the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, and is frequently invited to perform with the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra both as a conductor and pianist. Kuok-man Lio has just received an honorary diploma form the Macau government in recognition of his many achievements.


Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez was born in Valdepeñas, Spain in 1978. He began piano studies at the age of 11, and at 17 he entered the “Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid” where he graduated with a distinction in piano with Almudena Cano and Ana Guijarro, and chamber music with Luis Rego. While in Spain, he took master classes from Boris Berman, Peter Bithell and Galina Egyazarova.

In 2002, he graduated from the Artist Certificate Program in piano under the acclaimed pianist Joaquin Achucarro at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he was a recipient of a full scholarship.

Currently, he is in his second year of the Master Program in Piano Performance under the same teacher. During his time here, he has performed in the Meadows Museum of Art for King Juan Carlos of Spain and has taken master classes for Gyorgy Sandor, Andrew Litton, Abbey Simon, Jorge Federico Osorio, Alfred Mouledous, Alessio Bax and Krassimira Jordan. He has been awarded with the Don Nobles Award. And last semester, he was the Bronze Medalist in the 53rd Wideman Piano Competition in Shreveport, Louisiana, and Second Pprize in piano division and Third prize in the Overall divisions in the 44th Sorantin Concerto Competition in San Antonio, Texas.

Recently, he has been accepted in the Doctorate Program in Piano under Marc Durand in the Universite de Montreal in Canada. Diego Rodriguez will play for the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C. at the end of this year. He is also an active recitalist in Spain.



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