St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Hao Zi Yoh – piano

Tuesday, 16 October at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Hao Zi Yoh – piano

D Scarlatti

Sonata in D major, K. 119

W A Mozart

Sonata no. 5 in G major, Kv. 283

1. Allegro

2. Andante

3. Presto

C Debussy

Images Book 1

1. Reflets dans l'eau

2. Hommage à Rameau

3. Mouvement

F Chopin

Ballade no. 4 in F minor, op. 52

Malaysian pianist Hao Zi Yoh was born in 1995 and began her music studies at the age of 3. By the age of 12, she had already performed at Carnegie Hall as a gold medallist of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. She has studied in Malaysia under Chong Lim Ng and moved to Germany at the age of 14 to study with Elza Kolodin at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Later, she came under the tutelage of Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Her studies in London were generously supported by the Lynn Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Countess of Munster and Craxton Memorial Trust.

Hao Zi has won top prizes in many international piano competitions, including the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (Manchester, England 2012) and the Concurso Internacional de Piano Rotary Club Palma Ramon LLull, Mallorca (Spain 2013). She has performed in venues such as Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Salle Cortot, Steinway Hall, Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (Malaysia) and Teatro Quirino (Italy). She has appeared as soloist performing in festivals around Europe, USA, China, Japan and Malaysia. She has also collaborated with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Baleares Symphony Orchestra.

Recent success includes being awarded the Third Prize in the main category of Roma International Piano Competition and the Phillip Crawshaw Memorial Prize at the Royal Overseas League Competition for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas. She was also selected for a Martin Musical Scholarship Trust Philharmonia Piano Fellowships on the Emerging Artists Programme 2017/18.

As a musician, Hao Zi is very interested in playing with sound colours and opening new dimensions through sounds: her MMus Project 2016 involved collaboration with percussionist Daniel Gonzalez to create a version of Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit for Piano and Percussion. In her interpretation of 'A Distant Voice of the Rainforest' by Malaysian pianist composer Chong Lim Ng (also her former teacher), she included improvised extended piano techniques as well as ethnic singing into the piece to draw the audience into the soundworld of a rainforest.

Apart from this, Hao Zi also participated in many creative outreach projects led by the Open Academy for Children and Elderly with Dementia and performed in Music for Moment Concerts at Wigmore Hall. She collaborated with author-illustrator David Litchfield and improvised to his storytelling of the award-winning book 'The Bear and the Piano'.

Hao Zi is currently based in the UK and further developing her performing career being part of the Talent Unlimited, Keyboard Charitable Trust and Park Lane Group. She also tutors at King's College London and gives masterclasses at Imperial College London. Back home in Malaysia, Hao Zi has given talks, performances and masterclasses to the students of the University of Malaya and Bentley Music, hoping to share her experiences and help inspire the younger generation. (www.haoziyoh.com)

Malaysian pianist Hao Zi Yoh began her music studies at the age of three. By the age of 12, she had already performed at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall as a gold medallist of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. She has won top prizes in many international competitions and has performed in concerts around Europe, USA, China, Japan and Malaysia, and has collaborated with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Balearic Symphony and Nova Amadeus Orchestra. Currently based in the UK, Hao Zi is further developing her performing career being part of the Talent Unlimited, Keyboard Charitable Trust and Park Lane Group. Hao Zi had the privilege to have studied under Prof. Christopher Elton, Prof. Elza Kolodin and Chong Lim Ng.