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TY Zhang: Poetry in Motion

Audience favorite and second prize winner of the 2018 JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concert Competition TY Zhang returns to Buffalo in Kleinhans Centerstage. Sit on the main stage of Kleinhans surrounding TY as he performs his “Poetry in Motion” program. TY was the 2017 winner of the Guitar Foundation  of American (GFA) International Concert Artists Competition in 2017, which granted him the opportunity to give a 50-city tour.

The Kleinhans Centerstage series is sponsored by Hunt Property Management.


Rito de los Orishas
II. Danza de las diosas negras
 Leo Brouwer b.1939
Junto al Generalife from Tres piezas españolas
I. Fandango
 Joaquín Rodrigo  1901-1999
Schindler’s List (Arranged by T. Zhang) John Williams B.1932
Two Sonatas
Sonata K. 239 (Arr. S. Isbin & T. Zhang)
Sonata K. 53 (Arr. T. Zhang)
Domenico Scarlatti 1685-1757
From 24 Capriccios de Goya:
No. 18, “El Sueño de la Razón Produce Monstruos”
No. 12, “No Hubo Remedio”
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  1895-1968
Primavera Porteña (Spring) Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992
Variations on a Theme by Scriabin Alexandre Tansman, 1897-1986
Commissioned by The Augustine Foundation
Jeffrey Holmes, b. 1971
II. Valseana
III. Preludio e Toccatina
Sergio Assad b. 1952
Violin Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Chaconne (Arr. S. Isbin & T. Zhang)
J.S.Bach 1685-1750
Libra Sonatine
III. Fuoco
Roland Dyens, 1955-2016

He has received First Prize in other top competitions as well in Austria, China, Russia and the U.S., including the GFA International Competition Senior Division, Austria’s Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, the Changsha International Guitar Competition, the 2017 Schadt String Competition, and the 2017 Alexander Frauchi International Competition in Moscow.

TY has given recitals in Vienna, Serbia, China and the United States. His performance for the 2017 New York Guitar Festival was broadcast on WQXR radio. The GFA prize leads him on a concert tour starting in 2018 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. With the goal of sharing the love of music through guitar in every piece he plays, TY’s concert repertoire is filled with diverse cross-genre music he loves. His debut CD was released on Naxos in June of 2018, and includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Brouwer, Assad, Tansman and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

TY was born in Hebei, China. He began to study classical guitar at the age of five with his father. At seven, he was introduced to Professor Chen Zhi with whom he studied at the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2012, he was accepted into The Juilliard School undergraduate program, and during his six years of study there with Sharon Isbin, he received his Bachelor of Music in 2016, and his Master of Music in 2018. TY enjoys road cycling, surfing, and traveling.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019
3:00 pm
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Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States


Kleinhans Music Hall
(716) 885-5000

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