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Natalie Zhu, piano

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    Overview

    The recipient of a 2006 Musical Fund Society Career Advancement Award, the 2003 Avery Fisher Career Grant and the 2003 Andrew Wolf Memorial Chamber Music Award, pianist Natalie Zhu is a winner of Astral Artistic Services' 1998 National Auditions. The Philadelphia Inquirer heralded Astral’s presentation of Ms. Zhu in recital as a display of "emotional and pianistic pyrotechnics"; selections from the recital were later broadcast on National Public Radio’s "Performance Today."  Natalie Zhu began her piano studies with Xiao-Cheng Liu at the age of six in her native China and made her first public appearance at age nine in Beijing. At eleven she emigrated with her family to Los Angeles, and by fifteen was enrolled at the Curtis Institute, where she received the Rachmaninoff Award and studied with Gary Graffman. She received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Claude Frank.

    "Zhu has no lack of penetrating intelligence."

    -Philadelphia Inquirer

    Ricardo Morales, clarinet, and Natalie Zhu, piano

    Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM

    American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    The Program

    DelmasFantaisie italienne
    Arnold: Sonatina, Op. 29
    PersichettiParable for Solo Clarinet
    Muczynski: Time Pieces, Op. 43
    Menotti: Trio for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
    Mangani: Clarinet Sonata

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    Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Mozart: Fantasy in D Minor, K. 397
    Schumann: Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22
    Chopin: Mazurkas, Op. 63, No. 1-3
    Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2, Moonlight

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    Lydia Artymiw, piano; Charles Abramovic, piano; Cynthia Raim, piano; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, November 21, 2016 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    With guest artists:

    Chris Deviney, percussion
    Don Liuzzi, percussion

    Smetana: Sonata in E Minor for Two Pianos
    Mozart: Sonata in D Major for Two Pianos, K. 448
    Smetana: Rondo in C Major for Two Pianos
    Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

    This performance features a free pre-concert lecture starting at 6:45 PM with James Primosch.

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    Hilary Hahn, violin; Robert deMaine, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, January 5, 2015 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Debussy: Violin Sonata
    Beethoven: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 5, No. 2
    Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 50
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    Variation String Trio w/ Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Beethoven: String Trio in G Major, Op. 9, No. 1
    Ludwig: Aria Fantasy [Philadelphia Premiere]
    Fauré: Piano Quartet in G Minor, Op. 45

    David Kim, violin
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    David Kim, violin; Juliette Kang, violin; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Leclair: Sonata for Two Violins in D Major, Op. 3
    Milhaud: Sonata for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 15
    Prokofiev: Sonata for Two Violins in C Major, Op. 56
    Rodrigo: Capriccio for Solo Violin
    KreislerLiebesleid and Caprice viennois
    SarasateNavarra for Two Violins and Piano

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    Soovin Kim, violin and Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Janáček: Violin Sonata
    Ravel: Violin Sonata
    Webern: Four Pieces, Op. 7
    Brahms: Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78

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    Ricardo Morales, clarinet and Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, January 14, 2013 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Stanford: Clarinet Sonata, Op. 129
    Higdon: Clarinet Sonata
    DebussyPremière rhapsodie
    Weber: Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48

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    Daedalus Quartet w/ Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 33, No. 2
    GodfreyRicordanza-speranza for Piano Quintet
    DvoÅ™ák: String Quartet in A -flat Major, Op. 105

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    Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, January 10, 2011 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
    Saint-Saí«ns: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167
    Bassi: Concert Fantasia for Clarinet and Piano, on themes from Verdi's Rigoletto
    Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

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    Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, December 1, 2008 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    DebussyPremière rhapsodie
    DunhillPhantasy Suite
    Bernstein: Clarinet Sonata
    Zemlinsky: Clarinet Trio in D Minor, Op. 3

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    Ivan Chan, violin; Che-Hung Chen, viola; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, December 3, 2007 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    DvoÅ™ák: Piano Trio in E Minor, Op. 90, B. 166, "Dumky"
    SchumannFaschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
    DvoÅ™ák: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 87, B. 162

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    Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Efe Baltacigil, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, February 12, 2007 - 8:00 PM

    Location: American Philosophical Society, Benjamin Franklin Hall
    427 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Muczynski: Time Pieces
    Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11
    Guastavino: Clarinet Sonata
    Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in F Minor, Op. 120, No. 1

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    Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Mozart: Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 279
    DebussyImages, Book I
    HsuAmong Gardens
    MussorgskyPictures at an Exhibition

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    Ricardo Morales, clarinet; Soovin Kim, violin; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, April 18, 2005 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Bassi: Concert Fantasia for Clarinet and Piano, on themes from Verdi's Rigoletto
    Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
    Milhaud: Suite for Clarinet, Violin and Piano, Op. 157b from Anouilh's Le voyageur sans bagages
    BartókContrasts

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    Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, March 21, 2005 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "Tempest"
    ChopinAndante spianato and Grande polonaise brillante in E-flat Major, Op. 22
    SchumannKreisleriana, Op. 16
    Ginastera: Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22

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    David Soyer, cello and Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Sunday, November 21, 2004 - 3:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Beethoven: Cello Sonata in D Major, Op. 102, No. 2
    Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata in B-flat Major, Op. 45
    Chopin: Cello Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65

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    Anthony McGill, clarinet; David Soyer, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, March 3, 2003 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Schumann: Fantasiestí¼cke, Op. 73
    Debussy: Première rhapsodie
    Françaix: Tema con variazioni
    Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor, Op. 114

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    David Jolley, horn and Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Thursday, April 11, 2002 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F Major, Op. 17
    Schumann: Adagio and Allegro in A-flat Major, Op. 70
    Mahler: Two Songs [Arr. for Horn]
    Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2 [Arr. for Horn]

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    Anthony McGill, clarinet; David Soyer, cello; Natalie Zhu, piano

    Date: Monday, November 5, 2001 - 8:00 PM

    Location: Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

    Saint-Saí«ens: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 167
    Brahms: Clarinet Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2
    Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata
    Beethoven: Clarinet Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11

    Philadelphia Inquirer

    “Zhu has no lack of penetrating intelligence.”

    Broad Street Review

    “Natalie Zhu took the piece beyond virtuosity to something approaching the mystical.”

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