Jie Zhang

piano
biography



Ms. Jie ZHANG is considered one of the most promising solo pianists in Norway today. She has shown her versatility in performances from China in the East to New York in the West, from Spitsbergen in the Arctic North to Spain and Italy in the South.


She has performed with all the major symphony orchestras in Norway. She has been a soloist at the "Peer Gynt Festival" with the Peer Gynt Chamber Orchestra for an audience of 3,000 (outdoor concert), with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Norwegian Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, and Oslo Symphony Orchestra in Oslo Concert Hall at Constitution Day celebration. She was invited twice to perform with Donetsk Opera Orchestra for Ukraine President's wife Ludmilla Alexandrova Yanukovyich in the International Festival World Ballet Stars Gala concert in Ukraine.


She has given recitals in major cities throughout Norway, China and, Russia. Jie is also a dedicated performer of chamber music and she regularly collaborates with musicians such as bassoonist Dag Jensen, singer Mari Eriksmoen, violinists Eldbjørg Hemsing, Catharina Chen and, violist Ellen Nisbeth, among others throughout Europe and Scandinavia. With the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra she has toured in Spain, Germany and Denmark, and twice toured in China with Norwegian cellists. She has appeared at many festivals such as the 1st International Festival of Arts "Zvezdniy" in Shelkove, Moscow,  Oslo International Chamber Music Festival, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival, Festspillene in Bergen and Piano International Festival in Moscow.


In 2013 she started to play regularly in a trio named ClariNord consisting of clarinet, cello and piano. In the autumn 2013 her trio made a successful audition in Vienna and got accepted as the first ever chamber music group with a wind player to the prestigious European Chamber Music Academy(ECMA). Since then she has continued to attend ECMA sessions with her trio in Austria, France, Lithuania, England and has toured in Norway, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2015 the trio had debut concert in Wigmore Hall in UK.


Ms. Jie Zhang was born  in Shandong Province in China. At the age of five, she started playing the piano. She later moved to Shanghai where she studied with professor CHEN Qing Feng and graduated from the High School of Music affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory with outstanding final results in 2003.


Right after that she moved to Norway and started her studies in the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo with professor Haavard Gimse. During 2006-2007, she was an exchange student in Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with professor Marian Migdal. Back in Oslo she continued her studies, this time mainly with the world famous pianist, professor Leif Ove Andsnes as his only student. She completed her post graduate studies as a soloist performer in 2011. Since then Jie has been working partly as an accompanist in Norwegian academy of Music.


From a very early age she won several prestigious prizes, national as well as international ones such as Asian Music Festival "TOYAMA Cup" 2001 Hong Kong, Grieg International Piano Competition in Oslo. In 2010 she won, as the first foreigner, Princess Astrid´s Music prize which her teacher professor Håvard Gimse won in 1986, and she was subsequently invited to the Royal Palace for an audience with the Princess. She was awarded Eva Knardahls talent prize in 2007 and twice she has been awarded scholarships by ConocoPhillips. Together with her chamber music quartet she won 1st prize in the Norwegian Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and in 2011.


 



 

 

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