Graduate Student Zhaohan Wang Places First in International Piano Competition
UT School of Music graduate student Zhaohan Wang’s piano skills were recently recognized with a significant honor: first place in the international Baroque Music Competition.
The competition itself is expansive and comprehensive. It boasts competitors from more than 30 different countries across 20 different instruments, with ages of past finalists ranging from as young as 4 to as old as 77. Wang’s performance, for which he won first place for piano in the 21+ age category, featured a performance of J.S. Bach’s Partita Bwv 825, and that performance can be viewed here.
A piano enthusiast from a young age, Wang first began taking lessons at eight years old while growing up in China. After attending the Shenyang Conservatory of Music School, he came to the New England Conservatory of Music for his bachelor’s degree. At UT, he studies with Chih-Long Hu, Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano.
“I love the opportunities that I have to play here, especially in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall,” he said. “I have a lot of those opportunities, from chamber music to recitals and beyond.”
Wang expects to graduate with his master’s degree in piano performance in May 2022.