Lauren Zhang, FTCL(piano), LRSM (piano), LTCL (violin)
Lauren is 15 years old and is a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls. She goes to Birmingham Junior Conservatoire and studies piano with Robert Markham, and violin with Sam Mason. In 2016, Lauren won first prize at the prestigious Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany. She also received second prize at the Wales International Piano Festival in 2016 and was a prize-winner at the Young Pianist of the North International Competition in 2015. Nationally, Lauren won first prize in the European Piano Teachers’ Association-UK competition (18 and under) in 2016, first prize in the Emanuel Piano Trophy competition in 2015, and third prize in the Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Competition in 2015. Lauren has appeared as a soloist with the University of Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and the Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Symphony Orchestra with Daniele Rosina. She has performed in Birmingham Town Hall and St Martin-in-the-Fields in London and at various charity concerts. Her hobbies include fencing and rock-collecting.
Lauren will be performing the following pieces during the concert:
- Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel: Notturno in G minor
- Robert Schumann: Fantasie op 17
- Clara Schumann: Scherzo no 1, op 10
- Frederic Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, op 22
Lauren’s father is a physicist at the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Birmingham and her mother teaches Statistics and Econometrics at the School of Mathematics. The former who, although claimed that he does not have any music genes, always endeavours to explain the tone quality in piano and strike of the fingers using the principles of Mechanics and Acoustics, while Lauren considers as “it sometimes complicated simple actions”.
Lauren Wins European Piano Teachers Association UK Competition
The EPTA (European Piano Teachers Association) UK competition consists of a sequence of local, regional and national rounds starting in January 2016. Lauren, competing with senior students from major music schools in the UK, gained a place in the national final on Saturday 19 March 2016 in London. She played Rachmaninoff's fiery Piano Sonata No. 2 for an extremely distinguished line-up of adjudicators in the final: Leslie Howard (Australia), Noriko Ogawa (Japan) and Artur Pizarro (Portugal) and was awarded first place in the 18 and under category. She has now been invited to give a rectal at St Martin-in-the-Fields, one of London's most sought-after music venues.