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KEVIN ZHU

VIOLINIST

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!

- Kevin

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March 11, 2021

Special news

Avery Fisher Artist Program / WQXR

Recipient of the 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant

More information

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March 11, 2021

New video series

VC | Vanguard Concerts

Works by Brahms, Wieniawski, and Leclair

with Rohan De Silva, piano; Nathan Meltzer, violin

Watch here

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March 7, 2021

Recital livestream

Dreamstage Live

Selections from Paganini 24 Caprices

Conversation with Jan Vogler, host

More information

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January 19, 2021

Concert on demand

Salon de Virtuosi

Works by Brahms, Beethoven, and Paganini

with Rohan De Silva, piano

Watch here

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October 4, 2020

New video series

Self-produced at home

Bartók: Sonata for solo violin

Watch here

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September 5, 2020

Recital livestream

Dreamstage Live

Works by Bartók and Strauss

with Rohan De Silva, piano

More information

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May 16 - 17, 2020

24 hour livestream marathon

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April 11, 2020

Recital livestream

The Violin Channel

Works by Ysaÿe, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, Paganini, and Kreisler

Watch here

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April 8, 2020

Recital livestream

GIMYF

Works by Ysaÿe, Debussy, Paganini, Tchaikovsky, Elgar, and Kreisler

Watch here (music starts at 29:30)

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April 5, 2020

Concert on demand

Bologna, Italy - Teatro Comunale

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Orchestra del TC di Bologna

Giedre Šlekyte, conductor

Watch here

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March 27 - 28, 2020

24 hour livestream marathon

Music Never Sleeps NYC

Works by Paganini, Ysaÿe, and Kreisler

Watch a segment here

 

BIOGRAPHY

Twenty-year-old 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 2020-21 season, Kevin will debut with the Richmond Symphony and returns to the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, performing Elgar’s Violin Concerto. He also 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.

 

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.

 
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CONCERTS

June 19 - 25, 2021

Alba, Italy - Alba Music Festival

June 19 - Castello di Grinzane Cavour

Works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Morricone

with Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn; Zach Silberschlag, trumpet

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June 20 - Chiesa della Maddalena

Works by Bloch and Ravel

with Lior Willinger, piano

June 21 - Chiesa della Maddalena

Works by Mozart, Gershwin, Paganini, Suk, and Reinecke

with Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn; Lior Willinger, piano

June 23 - Tempio San Paolo

Works by Vivaldi, Mozart, and Morricone

with Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn; Zach Silberschlag, trumpet

DETAILS

June 25 - Chiesa della Maddalena

Works by Mozart and Strauss

with Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn; Eloisa Cascio, piano

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July 31 - August 1, 2021

Miami, FL

Mainly Mozart Festival (Miami)

Repertoire TBA

Recital with Marina Radiushina, piano

August 7, 2021

Hydra, Greece - Metropolitan Monastery

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 6

with Musicians from the Athens State Orchestra

Conductor TBA

August 12 - 21, 2021

Germany - Moritzburg Festival

Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56

with Jan Vogler, cello; Mishka Rushdie Momen, piano; Moritzburg Festival Orchestra

Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor

August 12 - König Albert Theater, Bad Elster

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August 13 - Konzerthaus Berlin, Berlin

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August 21 - Kulturpalast, Dresden

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VIDEOS

GALLERY

 

CONTACT

For general management, booking, and other inquiries, please contact:

kevinzhuviolin@gmail.com

MANAGEMENT

Spain and Portugal

Diamond Artists

Luisa Martinez

management@diamond-artists.com

WEBSITE

MANAGEMENT

China (incl. HK, Macau, and Taiwan)

美杰音乐Major Performing Arts Group

刘益生 / Eason Liu

eason.liu@majormusic.cn

+86 138 0103 5030

刘依 / Amaya Liu

amaya.liu@majormusic.cn

+86 187 1013 8080

WEBSITE

To contact Kevin directly, please use the form below.

Thank you for your message.

Photo credits

Giusi Lorelli:

www.giusilorelli.com

Andrea Ranzi:

www.andrearanzi.com

Aurora Ghigino