Lauren Zhang, current pupil of King Edward VI High School for Girls, began piano lessons with Madeline Ignazito at the age of four, and from 2010 has studied with Dr Robert Markham in the Junior Department at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. She also receives guidance from Professor Christopher Elton since 2017.
In 2019, she attended the Verbier Festival Academy and was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music. Season highlights included performances with the London Mozart Players, Warsaw Sinfonia, European Union Chamber Orchestra, and in the Klavier-festival Ruhr.
She won the BBC Young Musician Competition in 2018 and performed Prokofiev’s Second Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mark Wigglesworth to widespread critical acclaim.
Her performances have been broadcast live on BBC 4, BBC Radio 3 and TVN24 in Poland.
Future highlights include concerto performances with the Orchestra of the Swan, China National Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Brno Philharmonic. She gives recitals at Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, the Herkulessaal in Munich, and the Ryedale, Wooburn and Lichfield Festivals, among many others.
In 2016, Lauren won first prize at the 15th Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany. Among other achievements, she was a prize-winner at the Wales International Piano Festival (2016) and the Young Pianist of the North International Competition (2015) and was awarded first prize in the EPTA-UK (18 and under) competition (2015).
Lauren has participated in masterclasses or lessons with Joaquín Achúcarro, Sergei Babayan, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Fabio Bidini, Peter Donohoe, Peter Frankl, Kenneth Hamilton, Klaus Hellwig, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Pascal Nemirovski, Marios Papadopoulos, Menahem Pressler, Boris Slutsky and John Thwaites.
She is grateful for the help and support of YCAT. She is under the management of Concerto Winderstein.