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Artemisia Foundation Presents: Niu Niu

Date: Friday, September 21, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM
Calendar9/21/2012 5:00:00 PM9/21/2012 5:00:00 PMAmerica/Los_AngelesArtemisia Foundation Presents: Niu Niu At New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall30 Gainsborough Street, Boston, MA 02115Website:

New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, MA 02115
Map & Directions

Phone: (617) 585-1260
Tickets for this event are not on sale.

Niu Niu, is the affectionate nickname of Zhang Shengliang. The young Chinese pianist was born July 11th 1997 in Xiamen in the Fujian province of China. He grew up in a musical environment and first He showed his talent at the age of three, receiving his first lessons from his father. Since the age of ten he studied under the guidance of renowned Professor Hung -Kuan Chen, first in Shanghai, and then the whole family moved to Boston so Niu Niu could continue studying with Professor Chen at New England Conservatory.

Niu Niu made his concert debut in 2003, a few weeks after his sixth birthday. His program included a Mozart piano sonata and a Chopin etude. Shortly after, he moved to Shanghai, and upon invitation, became the youngest student in the Shanghai Conservatory's 81-year history. He was presented in recital at Wigmore Hall in London in 2006 and a year later returned to perform Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1 at the Pearl Awards, conducted by his mentor, Leslie Howard. The concert was held in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales. Niu Niu, at age ten, became an exclusive recording artist for EMI. His debut album, Niu Niu plays Mozart was released in 2006.

In Asia Niu Niu gave recitals at the Beijing National Centre for Performing Arts, as the first venue of a National tour. 2009, he performed at the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre Main Hall, Guangdong Xinghai Concert Hall, and Shenzhen Grand Theatre and in July Niu Niu gave his Japanese debut recitals at Symphony Hall in Osaka and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. In both halls he set records as the youngest musician ever to have given a solo recital. Later that month, Niu Niu attended the Festival der Nationen in Germany, performing Mozart's "Jeunehomme" Concerto under the baton of Justus Franz. He then received the Festival's prize for "Young Artist of the Year."

Only 3 months after this Japanese debut, Niu Niu was invited on a six-city tour of Japan (Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Matsumoto), performing to more than 10,000 people and released his second CD of the Complete Chopin Etudes there. He is now widely recognized there for his playing that has an presence and emotional language belying his young age: at 12, he was the youngest artist in the world to have recorded all the Chopin's Etudes and was awarded "Prix Montblanc" in Germany for most talented young artist in Europe.

In 2010, Niu Niu, whom had studied with Hung-Kuan Chen in Shanghai, followed him to Boston where Mr. Chen accepted positions as Professor of Piano at New England Conservatory and Yale. He is now on full scholarship at Walnut Hill School, (NEC).

Discounted tickets for Students ($12) and Seniors ($30) are only available through the Jordan Hall Box Office, either in person or by calling 617-585-1260.