Friday, December 7, 2018
Sundin Music Hall
1531 Hewitt Avenue
St Paul, MN 55104
2017 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist First Prize winner
Tengyue (T.Y.) Zhang was born in Hebei, China. He began to study classical guitar at age five with his father. At seven, he was introduced to Professor Chen Zhi, with whom he studied at the Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2012, he was accepted into The Juilliard School undergraduate program, where he studied with Sharon Isbin, receiving his Bachelor of Music in 2016 and Master of Music in 2018. In addition to First Prize in the Guitar Foundation of American (GFA) International Concert Artist Competition in 2017, T.Y. has received first prize in many other top competitions in Austria, China, Russia, and the US. He has given recitals in Vienna, Serbia, China, and the US. His performance for the 2017 New York Guitar Festival was broadcast on WQXR radio. The GFA prize sends him on a concert tour of over 50 cities in North America, including his recital debut in Carnegie Weill Hall, with additional dates in Europe, South America, and his native China. TY performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Allentown Symphony in 2018 and recital/concerto tours in Russia as the prize of the Frauchi Competition. His concert repertoire is filled with diverse cross-genre music. His debut CD was released on Naxos last June, and includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Brouwer, Assad, Tansman, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
When he's not playing the guitar, T.Y. enjoys road cycling, surfing, and traveling.