Harmony Zhu
Canada | Age 13

Preliminary Round Recital – Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 9:16 p.m.

RACHMANINOV Élégie in E-flat Minor, op. 3, no. 1
CHOPIN Etude in C-sharp Minor, op. 10, no. 4
BACH Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 874
CARTER Caténaires

A Steinway Young Artist, Harmony Zhu has performed with such renowned conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Arie Vardi, and John Giordano. Last year, Harmony toured with the Israel Philharmonic, appeared with the Detroit Symphony for three concerts, and made her debuts at the Ravinia Festival and Aspen Music Festival as a soloist. The year prior, she opened The Philadelphia Orchestra’s season under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. November 2019 marks her debut at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium. A pupil of Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard since 2014, Harmony won the Concerto Competition in her first year there. She has distinguished herself by garnering first prizes from an early age while competing within older age categories, winning competitions like Canadian Music Competition at only 6 for three years in a row and the Grand Prix at Chopin International Competition in Connecticut. Her most recent wins include being the youngest winner of the Bachauer Scholarship Competition and the Aspen Music Festival concerto competition. Harmony is also an accomplished composer and improviser, and plays violin. Harmony holds the World Champion title in her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships.

“I can never imagine my life without music—I eat, sleep, and breathe classical music! It is a way to communicate with people who are from different parts of the world and don’t speak the same language. It is something that everyone can understand and relate to.”