A Yamaha Pianos & Chappell of Bond Street Promotional Recital
Please join us for the first concert in our Autumn 2010 series of Lunchtime Music at our Wardour Street store on Thursday October 7th at 1pm where we feature the pianist Jessica Zhu, currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Presented in association with Yamaha Pianos, these recitals provide a wonderful opportunity for highly gifted young artists to perform at a superb venue as well as offering an insight into the extraordinary wealth of talent being nurtured in our conservatoires. And there are few better opportunities to hear Yamaha’s stunning handcrafted Premium Pianos played at concert level in the UK.
Ravel: Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Chopin: Scherzo no. 4 in E Major, Opus 54
William Bolcomb: Graceful Ghost Piano Rag (1970)
William Albright: Nightmare Fantasy Rag (1967-70)
Martin Butler: Rhumba Machine (2009)
Jessica Zhu - (Piano) a 23 year old Chinese-American pianist, is pursuing postgraduate studies in piano performance under the tutelage of the renowned pedagogue Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with full scholarship as a 2009 Marshall Scholar. Having made her debut at age 19 with the Houston Symphony in Jones Hall, she has soloed with numerous orchestras, including the Clear Lake Symphony, the Irving Symphony in Dallas, Fort Worth Civic Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony in College Station, the Moores School Symphony Orchestra, and the Houston Civic Symphony. In April 2010 Jessica performed with the Worthing Symphony Orchestra in Sussex under the baton of John Gibbons.
A frequent guest recitalist, Jessica has mostly recently been invited to perform for the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy in Chicago in July 2009. She has also performed recitals for the Rockport Performing Arts Series in Rockport, Texas, the San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club, Missouri State University Fite Family Music Festival Young Artist Series, the McKinney Musical Arts Society in Dallas, the Wichita Falls Symphony League’s First Night in the Falls Arts Festival. As the grand-prize winner of the Texas Entergy Young Artist Competition in 2006, Jessica gave her debut recital in Zilkha Hall of the Hobby Centre in downtown Houston.
Most recently, Jessica is a laureate of the Sussex International Piano Competition 2010, receiving Third Prize and the Audience Prize. As a Park Lane Group Young Artist, she will be giving a recital at the Purcell Room in the Southbank Centre January of 2011. She was named the National Winner of the Young Artist Piano Competition of the 2008 Music Teachers National Association piano competitions in Denver; Jessica received a Steinway & Sons grand piano. She was also prize winner of the 2008 San Antonio Tuesday Musical Club Young Artists Competition, the Junior Isabel Scionti Piano Solo Competition, winner of Kingsville International 23rd Concerto Competition, Grand Prize Winner of the McKinney Chamber Music Society Young Artist Competition, and Grand Prize winner of the Juanita Miller Concerto competition in 2002.
Jessica has been invited to participate in master classes of many great pianists, such as Pascal Rogé, Angela Hewitt, Anton Kuerti, Stanislav Ioudenich, Antonio Pompabaldi, Peter Frankl, Abbey Simon, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Nelita True. Jessica completed her undergraduate studies in 2009 Summa Cum Laude at the University of Houston, Moores School of Music, where she studied with renowned pianist-pedagogue Nancy Weems. She was also a student of the much sought after pre-college teacher John Weems for six years.
Jessica has also performed at the Texas Music Festival, Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado, and the Banff Arts Centre in Canada.
Jessica has been featured on ABC Television Network KTRK Channel-13 Visions program and KUHF 88.7 FM radio the Front Row arts magazine.
This performance is free of charge and will take place in the Recital Room of Yamaha Artist Services Europe (London), situated within the historic Piano Hall at Chappell of Bond Street’s West End store.
Final admittance to each recital is 12.55pm.