October 27, 2022
Concert on demand
Montreal Chamber Music Festival
Paganini, arr. Schumann: 24 Caprices
with Philip Chiu, piano
July 29, 2022
The Dvořák Album
Dvořák: Piano Quartet in E flat major
with Matthew Lipman, Jan Vogler, Juho Pohjonen
April 7, 2022
Concert on demand
Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2
Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka
Daniel Smith, 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 has performed on the world’s largest stages, ranging from the Konzerthaus Berlin 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 2022-23 season, Kevin makes concerto debuts with the Des Moines Symphony and at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, and performs the complete 24 Paganini Caprices at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele in Germany and at Singapore’s Victoria Hall. Kevin makes his Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center recital debut with a program inspired by ballet and opera masterpieces.
Recent performing highlights include concerts on Paganini’s famed violin ‘Il Cannone’, concerto appearances in Gdańsk and at the historic Reggia di Caserta in Italy, and recitals in Santiago de Chile and Montréal’s Salle Bourgie. Kevin is also a passionate chamber musician, collaborating frequently with artists such as Louis Lortie, Lawrence Power, and Jan Vogler.
In addition to his endeavors on stage, Kevin serves as a Culture Ambassador of the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. He has been featured on ABC Eyewitness News, BBC Radio 3, and RAI Radio 3, and is the recipient of a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant.
Kevin holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied 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.
June 1 - 2, 2023
Dresden, Germany - Schloss Albrechtsberg
Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1
June 8, 2023
Berlin, Germany - Kulturzentrum Peter Edel
Works by Dohnányi and Brahms
with Karolina Errera, viola; Andrei Ionita, cello; Yannick Rafalimanana, piano
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A space for wandering thoughts - to be released on the first of every month!
Changing of the Seasons
I like to think that each season is like a person - as you live longer they become old friends, and they have different stories to tell each time. I love when the seasons meet! It’s beautiful to see the first flower bloom, as winter becomes spring; to play the game of ‘how long can I keep the air-conditioning off’, as spring bursts into summer; or to hold onto that inescapable vibrance of a warm night, as summer fades into fall.
I had a strangely poetic experience this fall - it must have been early November - when I walked through Central Park in New York and saw a tree where half the leaves were flaming red-orange, and the other half had completely fallen off, leaving bare branches in their wake. Almost immediately I thought of Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen, which I then felt compelled to listen to. Strauss never envisioned or intended his work to be heard this way - on a mobile phone in the middle of a park in New York - but somehow it seemed right for the moment! I wonder what the next change of season has in store...
For general management, booking, and other inquiries, please contact:
Spain and Portugal
China (incl. HK, Macau, and Taiwan)
美杰音乐 / Major Performing Arts Group
刘益生 / Eason Liu
+86 138 0103 5030
刘依 / Amaya Liu
+86 187 1013 8080
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