The 27th Annual Music Festival at Walnut Hill

July 19 to August 12, 2018

Concerts and Master Classes
Admission free. Suggested Donation $5 at door



Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 7:30 PM

Niu Niu 牛牛
, pianist





Felix Mendelssohn: Rondo Capriccioso Op. 14

Frédéric Chopin: Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Franz Schubert: Impromptu Op. 90 No. 3 in G-flat Major

Frédéric Chopin:
Impromptu No. 2 in F-shart Major, Op. 36
Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat Major, Op. 51
Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor Op. 39


Franz Liszt:
Soirées de Vienne No. 6 in A Major
Sonata in B Minor, S.178

Steinway piano provided by M. Steinert & Sons

Meet The Artists
Niu Niu 牛牛, pianist

photo: Chris Lee
Niu Niu (aka Shengliang Zhang) was born in 1997 into a musical family in Xiamen. After showing talent at age 3, Niu Niu initially studied piano with his father, later making his recital debut at age 6. At age 8, he became the youngest student ever enrolled at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Since age 10, Niu Niu has studied with Hung-Kuan Chen, initially at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and later the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where Niu Niu and his family relocated. Niu Niu graduated from The Juilliard School of Music with the Bachelor Degree in 2018, where he studied with Hung-Kuan Chen.

The youngest pianist ever signed to a major classical label, his debut album, Niu Niu Plays Mozart (2008) was followed by Niu Niu plays Chopin—The Complete Études (2010) and Niu Niu Liszt Transcriptions (2012). His sixth album, Niu Niu Portrait, was released in 2016. After signing with Universal Music Hong Kong in December 2017, his first album for the label (recorded in Berlin) is released in June 2018.

Niu Niu opened the 2014/15 season performing the Dvořák Piano Concerto with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. In March 2014, he toured with Yutaka Sado and his Super Kids Orchestra on a five-city tour of Japan’s major concert halls, later returning that summer in a critically acclaimed recital tour. During August 2016, Niu Niu completed a tour of 16 Chinese cities.

Other career highlights include the 2007 Pearl Awards at London’s Royal Festival Hall, performing Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 conducted by his coach and mentor Leslie Howard in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. As first laureate of the Artemisia Foundation, he made his debuts in Boston’s Jordan Hall and Yale University’s Sprague Hall in 2012. In 2007, his performance in the CCTV Ministry of Culture Spring Festival Gala was televised nationwide.

In 2017, Niu Niu was invited to perform for the presidents of China, Russia, India, Brazil, and South Africa during the BRICS summit evening gala. He is currently planning a world concert tour in 2018.

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