38 ZHANG Fifi

United States
age 24

The Juilliard School 2015–2017
Columbia University 2011–2015

Fifi Zhang (born 23 February 1993) is from the Washington DC area. She began her piano lessons at the age of six and made her debut with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic playing the Saint-Saëns G minor concerto at the age of eleven. Fifi Zhang was the first-prize winner of the Music Teachers National Association Junior and Senior Piano Competitions in 2008 and 2010. She received a BA in history at Columbia University while studying piano with Julian Martin as a member of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at the Juilliard as a student of Matti Raekallio.


First round

J. S. BACH Prelude and Fugue in D major (WTK II)
BEETHOVEN Sonata no. 32 in C minor op. 111
CHOPIN Etude in C major op. 10/1
LISZT Paganini Etude no. 3 ”La campanella”
PROKOFIEV Etude in C minor, op. 2/3
CARL VINE Sonata no. 1 (1990)

Second round

SAARIAHO Arabesques et adages
SIBELIUS Valse triste op. 44/1
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze op. 6
SCRIABIN Sonata no. 5 op. 53


BRAHMS Piano Quintet op. 34
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto no. 3 op. 37

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comissioned work by Outi Tarkiainen

The commissioned work for the competition was composed by Outi Tarkiainen. Competitors may, in the second round, alternatively improvise on a theme. The theme is issued 20 minutes before performance.

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