Zee Zee

Schumann | Messiaen | Ravel | Liszt

Thu, 03.09. | 12.15 | No. 20342


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Summer Festival – Cancelled

14.08.-13.09. 2020



    Zee Zee  piano
    Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
    Carnival Scenes from Vienna, Op. 26
    Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
    Regard de l'Esprit de joie from Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus
    Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
    Gaspard de la nuit
    Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
    Rhapsodie espagnole (Folies d’Espagne et Jota aragonesa), S 254

    Her real name is Zhang Zuo, but because Americans struggled with the correct pronunciation of her name, the Chinese pianist decided to use her two initials as a pseudonym. As Zee Zee, the young keyboard artist has made an international career. She studied with Leon Fleisher and is advised by Alfred Brendel, won first prize at the Gina Bachauer Piano Competition and was named a New Generation Artist by the BBC. Zee Zee has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. She works closely with Paavo Järvi, who also appeared on her debut CD conducting piano concertos by Liszt and Ravel. The theme of “Joy” plays a leading role in Zee Zee’s Lucerne debut. She will perform Schumann’s exciting Carnival Scenes from Vienna, the “glad tidings” from Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus, and Liszt’s Rhapsodie espagnole, a work full of animated outbursts. But with Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit, she will plunge into the nocturnal side – demonstrating the full span of her virtuosity.