Zhu Replaces Eschenbach in Jan. 18 Philadelphia Orchestra Performance

Classic Arts Features   Zhu Replaces Eschenbach in Jan. 18 Philadelphia Orchestra Performance
Christoph Eschenbach has withdrawn from a Jan. 18 concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra due to a minor hand injury. Natalie Zhu will take his place in the performance of Schumann's Andante and Variations, WoO 10, for two pianos, two cellos, and horn.

The 3 PM Chamber Music concert will take place at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. The program for the concert will remain unchanged. Maestro Eschenbach's conducting activities with the Orchestra during the month of January will go on as scheduled.

Natalie Zhu began piano studies at age six in her native China and made her first public appearance at age nine. At eleven she emigrated with her family to Los Angeles, and by 15 was enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Gary Graffman. She received a master's degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Claude Frank.

Ms. Zhu has since then performed worldwide as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. She has appeared as soloist with the Indianapolis, Pacific, Haddonfield, and Riverside symphonies; the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia; the Astral Chamber Orchestra; and the Bergen and China philharmonics, among others. She has given solo recitals in Philadelphia, New York, Fresno, Portland, Munich, and Beijing.

Her numerous awards include the grand prize at both the 1988 and 1989 Young Keyboard Artists Association Competition, first prize in the 1988 and 1991 Johanna Hodges Piano Concerto Competitions, the 2006 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2003 Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award.

For more information, please visit nataliezhu.com.


The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts/ Perelman Theater
Sunday, January 18 at 3 PM

Glinka: Grand Sextet in E-flat major, for strings and piano
Bart‹k: String Quartet No. 1, Op. 7
Bowen: Phantasy Quintet, Op. 93, for bass clarinet and string quartet
Carter: Woodwind Quintet
Schumann: Andante and Variations, WoO 10, for two pianos, two cellos, and horn

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