REVIEW: Pianist Haochen Zhang Dazzles La Jolla Audience

San Diego Story
By Ken Herman
December 8, 2013

What do we expect when a first-prize winner of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition plays a recital? Displays of virtuosity? A perceptive sense of musical style? Sophisticated programming with probing insights into familiar scores and rewarding discoveries of lesser-known works?

In his Saturday (Dec. 7) program for the La Jolla Music Society, Haochen Zhang, gold medalist of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, not only dazzled his audience wtih the bravura technical arsenal expected from a medalist, but invited his listeners into the interior emotional landscapes of works that others rush through solely to induldge their spectacle.