Originally from Shanghai, 27-year-old Haochen Zhang has already established an international career. He first rose to prominence in 2009 as the youngest ever gold medal winner at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A graduate of the Curtis School of Music in Philadelphia, Zhang is widely respected for his virtuosity and musicality.

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> GOOD EVENING AND EARTHQUAKE TO 'NYC ARTS.'

THE CEREMONY FOR THIS YEAR'S AVERY FISCHER CAREER GRANT AWARDS TOOK PLACE IN MARCH AT THE JAROME L. GREENE PERFORMANCE SPACE AT WQXR.

THESE INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000 GIVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND RECOGNITION TO TALENTED INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SOLO.

PIANIST, VIOLINIST STEVEN WARP, AND CHAD HOOPS.

AS WELL AS THE DOVER QUARTET.

ORIGINALLY FROM SHANGHAI, 27-YEAR-OLD HAS ALREADY ESTABLISHED AN INTERNATIONAL CAREER.

HE FIRST ROSE TO PROMINENCE IN 2009 AS THE YOUNGEST GOLD MEDAL WINNER AT THE VAN CLYBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION.

A GRADUATE AT THE CURTIS SCHOOL OF MUSIC IN PHILADELPHIA, JANG IS WIDELY RESPECTED FOR HIS VIRTUOUSTY AND MUSICALITY.

HE RECENTLY RELEASED HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM AND IS CURRENTLY ON TOUR.

I THINK MY LOVE FOR PIANO WAS A VERY GRADUAL PROCESS.

THE UNDERSTANDING AND THE LOVE HAVE TO COME IN PROPORTION.

I THINK THE MORE YOU UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE DEPTH AND BEAUTY OF MUSIC, THE MORE YOU WILL START LOVING IT.

IT'S A VERY, VERY GRADUAL PROCESS.

I CAME TO THE STAGE WHEN I WAS 15 TO STUDY AT THE CURTIS INSTITUTE.

MY MOM WAS WITH ME FOR ONE SEMESTER.

THEN SHE HAD TO GO BACK TO CHINA, BECAUSE HER VISA EXPIRED, SO THEN I'M BY MYSELF EVER SINCE.

I THINK THE FISCHER CAREER GRANT IS REALLY SUCH AN HONOR, KNOWING ALL THE GREAT ARTISTS, SOME OF THEM CURTIS FACULTIES.

I KNOW THEY WERE ALL CAREER GRANT RECIPIENTS.

THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN INSPIRATIONS TO ME WHEN I WAS STUDYING.

I'LL BE PLAYING A SONOTA.

I THINK IT TELLS A LOT ABOUT WHO I AM AS AN ARTIST.

IT HAS THIS KIND OF PSYCHOLOGICAL INTROSPECTIVENESS AND REFLECTIVENESS, WHICH IS SOMETHING UNIQUE.

♪♪ ♪♪ IT'S CALLED OCTOBER 1st, 1905, BECAUSE OF A TRAGEDY THAT HAPPENED ON THAT VERY DATE.

A YOUNG CZECH STUDENT WAS PROTESTING IN FRONT OF THE UNIVERSITY, BUT WAS SHOT DEAD BY AN AUSTRIAN SOLDIER, SO THAT CREATED A HUGE OUTBURSTEN THE CZECH SOCIETY AND INSPIRED THIS TRAGIC PIECE.

IT'S FOR BOATING, SO IT'S ACTUALLY NOT DESCRIBING ANY REAL CONCRETE EVENT, BUT JUST AN OMINOUS SENSE OF WHAT KIND OF WHATEVER TRAGEDY THAT'S GOING TO COME UP.

THEN LATER ON, OF COURSE, THERE IS MORE OF AN OUTPOURING DRAMA ACCUMULATING FROM THAT KIND OF MYSTERY.

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ THE SECOND MOVEMENT STARTS WITH A VERY STILL RHYTHMIC PULSE, AND IT'S VERY, VERY SLOW.

VERY, VERY QUIET.

AND IT IS ALMOST KIND OF UTTERLY STILL KIND OF PACE THAT THERE UNFOLDS HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT DEATH.

♪♪ ♪♪ AND THEN IT STARTS ACCUMULATING MORE AND MORE AND MORE.

SUDDENLY, ALL THE DEEP DRAMA BREAK OUT AND ACCUMULATED TO THIS KIND OF TRAGIC CLIMAX.

AND THEN COMES THE PETITION, THE RECAP OF THE THEME, BUT THIS TIME INSTEAD OF BEING QUIET, IT'S UTTERLY BOLD AND VIOLENT ALMOST.

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ THEN IT SORT OF GOES BACK TO THE BEGINNING MOOD THAT IT'S FADING AWAY.

THE PIECE ENDS AND RETURNS BACK TO ABSOLUTE QUIETNESS AGAIN.

♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ [ APPLAUSE ]