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

March 26, 2020

Concert rebroadcast

Genoa, Italy - Teatro Carlo Felice

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1

Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

Michael Zlabinger, conductor

Watch here (music starts at 10:25)

March 26, 2020

Concert rebroadcast

Genoa, Italy - Teatro Carlo Felice

Brahms: Violin Concerto

Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice

Michael Zlabinger, conductor

Watch here (music starts at 11:45)

March 27 - 28, 2020

24 hour livestream marathon

Music Never Sleeps NYC

Works by Paganini, Ysaÿe, and Kreisler

Watch a segment here

April 5, 2020

Concert on demand

Bologna, Italy - Teatro Comunale

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Orchestra del TC di Bologna

Giedre Šlekyte, conductor

Watch here

April 8, 2020

Recital livestream

GIMYF

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

Watch here (music starts at 29:30)

April 11, 2020

Recital livestream

The Violin Channel

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

Watch here

May 16 - 17, 2020

24 hour livestream marathon

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nineteen-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 make debuts with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Polish Baltic Philharmonic, and Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and returns to the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa performing Elgar’s Violin Concerto. He also performs solo recitals in Turin, New York City, and Washington, D.C.

 

Recent orchestral 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, and is set to return to the Moritzburg Festival in Germany this summer, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and a variety of chamber music masterworks.


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.

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.

 

CONCERTS

[CANCELED]​

August 2, 2020

Copenhagen, Denmark - Kunsthal Charlottenborg | Festsal

Copenhagen Summer Festival

Works by Gershwin, Beethoven, Paganini, Bartók, and Waxman

Recital with Poul Rosenbaum, piano

August 2 - 16, 2020

Moritzburg, Germany - Moritzburg Festival

August 2 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Guitar Quintet, Op. 143

with Ismo Eskelinen, guitar; Baiba Skride, violin; Sindy Mohamed, viola; Christian-Pierre La Marca, cello

Boccherini: Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D Major “Fandango”, G.448

with Ismo Eskelinen, guitar; Baiba Skride, violin; Sindy Mohamed, viola; Henri Demarquette, cello; Josep Caballé-Domenech, castanets

August 5 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Cherubini: “Pater Noster” arr. for violin solo and string quintet

with Nathan Meltzer, Mira Wang, violins; Sindy Mohamed, Karolina Errera, violas; Andrei Ionita, cello

Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

with Baiba Skride, violin; Karolina Errera, Sindy Mohamed, violas; Jan Vogler, Andrei Ionita, cellos

August 7 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Dvorák: String Sextet in A major, Op. 48

with Nathan Meltzer, violin; Sindy Mohamed, Karolina Errera, violas; Christian-Pierre La Marca, Henri Demarquette, cellos

Shostakovich: Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 57

with Nathan Meltzer, violin; Sindy Mohamed, viola; Henri Demarquette, cello; Lise de la Salle, piano

August 8 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Rossini: Sonate a quattro No. 1 in G major

with Mira Wang, violin; Andrei Ionita, cello; Janne Saksala, bass

August 11 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Beethoven: Septet in E flat major, Op. 20

with Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet; David Seidel, bassoon; Tillmann Höfs, horn; Lars Anders Tomter, viola; Jan Vogler, cello; Janne Saksala, bass

August 12 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Chausson: Concert in D major for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21

with Bomsori Kim, solo violin; Nathan Meltzer, violin; Lars Anders Tomter, viola; Henri Demarquette, cello; Lise de la Salle, piano

Mozart: Clarinet quintet in A major, K.581

with Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet; Mira Wang, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; Andreas Brantelid, cello

August 13 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Schubert: Octet in F major, D. 803

with Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet; David Seidel, bassoon; Tillmann Höfs, horn; Mira Wang, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; Andreas Brantelid, cello; Janne Saksala, bass

August 16 - Moritzburg Castle | Nordterrasse

Mendelssohn: Octet in E flat major, Op. 20

with Nathan Meltzer, Mira Wang, Kai Vogler, violins; Lars Anders Tomter, Ulrich Eichenauer, violas; Jan Vogler, Henri Demarquette, cellos

[CANCELED]

August 13 - König Albert Theater, Bad Elster

Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56

with Jan Vogler, cello; Lise de la Salle, piano; Moritzburg Festival Orchestra

Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor

[CANCELED]

August 15 - Kulturpalast, Dresden

Beethoven: Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56

with Jan Vogler, cello; Lise de la Salle, piano; Moritzburg Festival Orchestra

Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor

[POSTPONED TO 2022]

September 25, 2020

Gdansk, Poland - Centrum Muzyczno-Kongresowe | Sala Koncertowa

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7

with Polska Filharmonia Baltycka

Daniel Smith, conductor

October 10, 2020

Moscow, Russia - Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2 in B minor, Op. 7

with Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

Vasily Valitov, conductor

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CONTACT

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please contact:

kevinzhuviolin@gmail.com

Photo credits

Giusi Lorelli:

www.giusilorelli.com

Andrea Ranzi:

www.andrearanzi.com

Aurora Ghigino

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