Last week I attended the Peter Marino Concert opening the 54th Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. I was prepared to hear an excellent pianist. It turned out that Yun-Chin Zhou was far and beyond anyone I have heard in many years: an original character, insightful musicianship, breathtaking technique, and best of all, he conveyed true joy in playing.
Zhou began with Haydn's Sonata in E-flat major, which he performed with such style and elegance - it was Horowitzian! - and an admirable sense of pace and endless ease. That was also true in his moving interpretation of Liszt's Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude, where he carefully sculpted the so...
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