BBC Radio 3 includes two pianists in latest line-up of New Generation Artists
10 September 2013
BBC Radio 3 has named pianists Louis Schwitzgebel and Zhang Zuo among its next batch of New Generation Artists.
The scheme, now in its fifteenth year, supports a group of
young artists via a series of BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, fronted by BBC Young
Musician of the Year presenter Clemency Burton-Hill. Previous participants
include Benjamin Grosvenor, Gwilym Simcock, Christian Ihle Hadland, Ashley Wass, Martin Helmchen and current IP cover artist Igor Levit.
Schwitzgebel secured second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, where his performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 with the Hallé Orchestra under Sir Mark Elder in the final round was broadcast live on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3. At the age of 17 he was the winner of the Geneva International Music Competition.
Zhang Zuo (pictured) has garnered a host of awards, including first prizes at the 3rd Shanghai International Piano Competition, the 7th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and a ‘Vendome Virtuoso’ award from Vendome Prize competition. In 2013 she won fifth prize at the 2013 Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition.