Linzi Pan — Pianist

Pianist Linzi Pan, borned in Wuhan city, China, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is set to achieve new heights during the 2020-2022 season. Featuring recitals, and concert works with world’s venerated ensembles and conductors. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School, her teachers includes Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald. In September 2019. In the spring of 2020, Ms. Pan got granted full scholarship in Shepherd Conservatory of Music in Rice University of all year, and started her study of Artist Diploma under the guidance of Professor Jon Kimura Parker in September.

Linzi has won the Second Prize in 2017 Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition. Also, she was the First Prize Winner at the 1st International Music Competition Harbin in 2018. She was the only Chinese candidate as well as the youngest competitor in the final round. Not only the whole process was live streamed on Medici.TV but also the award photo of her was also captured on the billboard screens in New York City Times Square. Fifth Prize in 2016 Hong Kong International Piano Competition, as well as the Fourth Prize in 2011 Liszt International Piano Competition (Netherlands), where she received high recognition from masters like Emanuel Ax, Stephen Kovacevich and Arie Vardi.

In addition, Ms. Pan continues her commitment to the concerto repertoire. As a result, she is a popular concert hall artist with a repertoire with 20 piano concertos; Most recently she performed Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3,Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3, as well as Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in many different locations. In fall 2019, with a limited of five days’ notice, Ms. Pan stepped into the performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.3 in Harbin Concert Hall, and accomplished it with great reviews from Conductor Yongyan Hu and local press and media. “Linzi Pan, another rising star armed with impeccable virtuosity that speaks lots of music. Her performance creates a music magnetically field that sucks in the whole orchestra’s playing. She has such a sensitivity of sound and timing beyond verbal description.” And she is a frequent guest soloist with international symphony orchestras, she has cooperated with numerous world renown orchestras including The Staatskapelle Weimar National Symphony Orchestra; Serbian Radio-Television Orchestra; City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Symphony Orchestra of Houston, Macaw, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Guiyang, Harbin, and Harbin Conservatory of Music; as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Wuhan, Xiamen, and Sichuan Conservatory of Music. She had performed the famous Chinese Piano Concerto “Yellow River” in 10 cities in China and her playing has also been praised as one of the best interpretation on this piece. (“Yellow River” concerto has featured as a statement of cultural exchange in the 1972/73 opening of diplomatic relations between the US and China.)Ms. Pan has been signed by Parson Company, as one of the promising Yangtze River Piano Artist. And she has now been assigned as guest pianist for The Chinese Symphony Orchestra and to be featured in their concert series in 2020-2022 season.

Honorary Chairman of the jury of CSIPCC Zhou Guangren

Honorary Chairman of the jury of CSIPCC

Professor Zhou Guangren

The first Chinese pianist to win the prize in international competitions

Tenured Professor at The Central Conservatory of Music

One of the most outstanding women in China in the 20th century, known as ‘The soul of piano pedagogy in China’.

Professor Zhou Guangren has been the chairman of the jury of CSIPCC and is currently the Honorary Chairman of the jury of the competition. During the four competitions that were successfully held, Professor Zhou Guangren has personally kept a watchful eye on the competition each year.

She not only dedicates her years of experience as a member of the jury, but also actively exerts her influence and appeal in the international piano circle, inviting a large number of Internationally well-known piano maestro as judges. Professor Zhou Guangren is considered to be the key person of the successful establishment and growth of CSIPCC.

The ‘Soul’ of China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition – Executive Artistic Direction Dan Zhaoyi

Since 2006, China Shenzhen International Piano Concerto Competition (Hereinafter abbreviated to CSIPCC) has been successfully held four times under the support and guidance of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China , the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism, the Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture, Sports and Tourism. As an essential measure of the construction of Shenzhen as ‘Piano City’, after more than decade of efforts and development, the CSIPCC has become one of the most influential piano competitions in China, as well as discover and cultivate a large number of talented young pianists all over the world. “

In 2015, the competition was approved by the World Federation of International Music Competitions and became an internationally recognized standing professional art brand. CSIPCC has created more and more influence and attraction in the international industry. It is also a grand event in the cultural life of Shenzhen citizens.

As the advocate and artistic director of CSIPCC, Professor Dan Zhaoyi (hereinafter referred to as Professor Dan) is the true ‘soul’ of the competition. He came up with the innovative idea of holding an international Piano Concerto competition in Shenzhen, it certainly is a pioneering idea and a big masterstroke. Unlike various piano competitions around the world, CSIPCC locks the entries to “Concerto”, which not only makes it unique among many piano competitions but also makes the whole process of the competition very enjoyable. Professor Dan made full use of the advantages of Shenzhen, a city with its own symphony orchestra, to fill the gap of such piano competitions in China.

At Professor Dan’s suggestion, CSIPCC also drew on the experience of foreign competition operations, with carefully selected volunteer families receiving contestants from all over the world, which deepened their understanding of China, enhanced the friendship between China and the rest of the world, and profoundly enhanced Shenzhen’s international image.

Dan Zhaoyi, a renowned Chinese piano educator, professor, recipient of the Special government allowances of the State Council, a tenured professor of the Shenzhen Art School, Dean of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, consultant of the Piano Association of the Chinese Music Association and Honorary President of Shenzhen Musicians’ Association.

During Professor Dan’s over 50 years of piano teaching, 26 of his students have won 70 awards in international piano competitions, of which 26 won first place. His most famous students – Li Yundi, Chen Sa and Zhang Haochen – have obtained awards in the International Chopin Piano Competition, the Leeds International Piano Competition and the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, it is of historical significance in the history of piano pedagogy and performance in China. Moreover, another group of his students, including Zuo Zhang, Xue Tingzhe, Pan Linzi, Gu Jingdan, Du Tianqi, Wang Serena, Xu Qi and others have continuously made spectacular achievements in international piano competitions.