Dan Zhu is widely recognized as one of the leading musicians of his generation on the international stage today, praised as “an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production” by The Strad magazine, performing internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia. His recent triumphant performance with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival has been raved by the critics as “truly brilliant, compelling, and polished”. He has appeared with world class orchestras under the direction of Maestros Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Jacek Kaspszyk, Uroš Lajovic, Krzysztof Penderecki, Carl St.Clair, En Shao, Muhai Tang, Long Yu among many others, and has been invited to perform and give master classes at renowned festivals, such as Salzburg Festspiele, Tanglewood, Verbier, Kuhmo, Marlboro, Menton, Schleiswig-Holstein, Prades-Casals, Ravinia, and Spoleto.
Dan Zhu’s recent seasons highlights of solo appearance includes with Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Duo recitals with Christoph Eschenbach on Mozart and Beethoven sonatas at the Kennedy Center and at National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing; with Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festspiele; World premiere of Tan Dun’s Triple Concerto with the composer conducting the performance at Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Recital at Verbier Festival; Tchaikovsky violin concerto with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra touring in China; Recital series “Myths on the Violin” with pianist Michel Dalberto in China and France; Alban Berg violin concerto with the Slovenian Philharmonic; K.A.Hartmann “Concerto Funebre” with Korean Chamber Orchestra at Seoul Arts Center; China premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” with the composer conducting Hong Kong Philharmonic; Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Belgrade, Hong Kong, New York, Munich, Paris, Vancouver, etc. For season 2019-20, Dan Zhu will collaborate with pianists Gerhard Oppitz in recital at Enescu Festival, with Michel Dalberto in Paris and Ljubljana, with KunWoo Paik on the complete cycle of Beethoven violin & piano sonata in Beijing and Hong Kong, also at Carnegie’s Zankel hall.
As an active chamber musician, he has collaborated with pianists Philippe Entremont, Peter Frankl, Richard Goode, Lang Lang, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and other instrumentalists includes Joshua Bell, Nobuko Imai, Gary Hoffman, Mischa Maisky, Paul Meyer. He returns to the Mehli Mehta Music Foundation at NCPA of Mumbai, in piano trio with pianist KunWoo Paik and cellist Henri Dermaquette. His duo recitals with pianist Tzimon Barto in Hamburg was highly acclaimed by Die Welt as “distinctive dramaturgy of contrasts, crystalline tones with intensity and sensitivity”, last season with pianist Oliver Triendl was praised as “Perfect Playing” by Münchner Merkur.
A native of Beijing, Zhu made his first public appearance at the age of nine, performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with the China Youth Chamber Orchestra. At age twelve he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied with Xiao-zhi Huang. Four years later he was awarded the Alexis Gregory Scholarship to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the age of eighteen. His mentors have included Ivry Gitlis, Gerard Poulet, and Aaron Rosand. As recording artist, Dan Zhu has appeared on several international labels, such as Cascavelle, CPO, Naxos, ORF. His latest world premiere recordings of Boris Papandopulo’s violin concerto and Bright Sheng’s chamber music album “Northern Lights” with the composer on the piano, both were released last year.
Dan Zhu has collaborated with numbers of the leading composers of our time on concert stages and in recordings, including George Benjamin, Gyorgy Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Wolfgang Rihm, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Xiaogang Ye. His passionate involvement with Antarctica Forum in the environmental protection field, led him to be the first violinist in the history performed on the continent of Antarctica in 2013. Follow Dan Zhu’s music world on: www.danzhumusic.com