LIVE FROM HOME
Although live concerts may be canceled and halls closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, music lives on in our homes, whether permanent or temporary, as a primary source of comfort, expression, and human connection. We may be isolated physically, but our hearts always return to the core principles that brought us together in the first place: love, hope, and empathy. To all my friends, collaborators, and followers, wherever you may be in the world, I truly wish that you are safe and happy. I miss you all immensely, and I especially miss the personal bonds and little moments of happiness shared in the music-creating process - whether that be in rehearsal, on stage, or in the audience.
We are incredibly lucky and fortunate to have tools and resources that allow us to share and listen to music online. Below are some of the online events that I have been taking part in - stay tuned for more updates!
August 11, 2021
Concert on demand
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1
Musicians from the Athens State Orchestra
October 4, 2020
New video series
Self-produced at home
Bartók: Sonata for solo violin
April 5, 2020
Concert on demand
Bologna, Italy - Teatro Comunale
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Orchestra del TC di Bologna
Giedre Šlekyte, conductor
American violinist Kevin Zhu has amassed an outstanding record of concert performances and competition wins since he began playing violin at age three. Praised for his “awesome technical command and maturity” (The Strad) and “absolute virtuosity, almost blinding in its incredible purity” (L’ape musicale), Kevin regularly performs on the world’s largest stages, ranging from Carnegie Hall in New York to London’s Royal Festival Hall to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. Initially coming to international attention after winning the 2018 Paganini Competition and 2012 Yehudi Menuhin Competition, he has established himself as a leading figure among the next generation of musicians, astonishing audiences with his peerless technical mastery and inimitable artistic voice.
In the 2021-22 season, Kevin will debut with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic and undertakes a multi-city recital tour in Italy, including appearances at the Palazzo del Quirinale in Rome, one of the official residences of the Italian President; and with Paganini’s famed violin ‘Il Cannone’. He will also make recital debuts in Miami, Dresden, and Madrid, and embarks on a project to perform Paganini’s complete 24 Caprices in one concert, one of few violinists to ever do so.
Recent performing highlights include concerto appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, and China Philharmonic Orchestra. A highly sought-after recitalist, he has toured across the United States and Europe with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to contemporary commissions. Kevin is also a passionate chamber musician, collaborating with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Lawrence Power, and Jan Vogler.
In addition to his efforts on stage, Kevin serves as a Culture Ambassador of the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. He has repeatedly been featured on BBC Radio 3, NPR’s From the Top, and RAI Radio 3, and is the recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.
Kevin is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at The Juilliard School, where he studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. Kevin performs on the c1722 “Lord Wandsworth” Antonio Stradivari violin, which is on loan from the Ryuji Ueno Foundation and Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.
February 3, 2022
Turin, Italy - Centro Congressi Lingotto | Sala 500
Works by Gershwin, Schubert, and Wieniawski
Recital with Federico Nicoletta, piano
February 11, 2022
Vilagarcía de Arousa, Spain - Auditorio Municipal
Sociedad Filarmónica de Vilagarcía
Works by Gershwin, Waxman, Suk, Wieniawski, and Paganini
Recital with Julien Quentin, piano
February 21, 2022
New York, NY - Morse Recital Hall
Works by Bartók and Schubert
Recital with Juho Pohjonen, piano
March 11, 2022
Gdansk, Poland - Centrum Muzyczno-Kongresowe | Sala Koncertowa
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7
with Polska Filharmonia Baltycka
Daniel Smith, conductor
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