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KEVIN ZHU

VIOLINIST

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October 27, 2022

Concert on demand

Montreal Chamber Music Festival

Paganini, arr. Schumann: 24 Caprices

with Philip Chiu, piano

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July 29, 2022

Album release

The Dvořák Album

Dvořák: Piano Quartet in E flat major

with Matthew Lipman, Jan Vogler, Juho Pohjonen

Listen and stream

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April 7, 2022

Concert on demand

Gdańsk, Poland

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 2

Polska Filharmonia Bałtycka

Daniel Smith, conductor

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BIOGRAPHY

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 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 2022-23 season, Kevin will make concerto debuts with the Des Moines Symphony and at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, and embarks on a project to record the 24 Paganini Caprices on Paganini’s famed violin ‘Il Cannone’, something never done before in history. He performs the complete Caprices in Italy, Singapore, and Germany, and makes his Merkin Hall recital debut with a program inspired by ballet and operatic masterpieces.

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 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.

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CONCERTS

February 4 - 5, 2023

Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Civic Center

Masterworks

Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35

with Des Moines Symphony

Joseph Giunta, conductor

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February 13, 2023

New York, NY - The Kosciuszko Foundation

Omega Ensemble Winter Gala

Works by Schubert and Brahms

with Sebastian Stöger, cello; Yannick Rafalimanana, piano

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February 19, 2023

Singapore - Victoria Concert Hall

Paganini: 24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1

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May 16, 2023

New York, NY - Merkin Hall

Tuesday Matinees

Works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Massenet, Wieniawski, Messiaen, and Waxman

Recital with Pianist TBA

DETAILS

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GALLERY

MUSINGS

MUSINGS

A space for wandering thoughts - to be released on the first of every month!

Changing of the Seasons

December 2022

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...

Contact

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

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Photo credits

Giusi Lorelli:

www.giusilorelli.com

Andrea Ranzi:

www.andrearanzi.com

Aurora Ghigino

Oliver Killig

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