Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm (masterclass Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 pm)
“…so impressive in every round of the International Concert Artist Competition.”
“…a true & deep artist, w/ courage, dedication, beautiful musicianship & stunning virtuosity, all in the service of the music.”
“…Zhang’s performance… was heartfelt and technically adept…”
The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society is pleased to bring the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition Winner Tour to Delaware for a fifth season! The prestigious GFA Competition is known for drawing the most talented competitors from around the world, and winning the competition is a coveted milestone in the careers of many young musicians. Don’t miss your chance to see this world-class artist.
This year’s GFA touring artist is Chinese guitarist Tengyue Zhang. The GFA prize leads him on a concert tour starting in 2018 of over 50 cities in North America, including his recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, with additional dates in Europe, South America and his native China. Tengyue recently completed his master’s degree in music with Sharon Isbin at The Juilliard School.
Join us for an afternoon with this rising star as he performs works by Tansman, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Bach, Scarlatti, Dyens, Piazzolla, Holmes and Assad.
Guest Opening Artist: PCGS Youth Competition Winner Everett Shen
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This concert is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.
4/27/19: Tengyue Zhang will be teaching a masterclass in the afternoon on Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 pm in the West Room of Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. The masterclass is free to observe and open to the public, but registration is required. Register as an auditor to sit in and hear what Tengyue Zhang has to teach our guest performers, or register as a performer for your chance to perform for Tengyue Zhang and have him critique your performance (a small tuition fee applies). Register as either an auditor or performer in our Online Store.
Guitarist TY Zhang received First Prize in the Guitar Foundation of American (GFA) International Concert Artists Competition in 2017, known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world. He has received First Prize in other top competitions as well in Austria, China, Russia and the U.S., including the GFA International Competition Senior Division, Austria’s Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, the Changsha International Guitar Competition, the 2017 Schadt String Competition, and the 2017 Alexander Frauchi International Competition in Moscow.
TY has given recitals in Vienna, Serbia, China and the United States. His performance for the 2017 New York Guitar Festival was broadcast on WQXR radio. The GFA prize leads him on a concert tour starting in 2018 of over 50 cities in North America, including his recital debut in Carnegie Weill Hall, with additional dates in Europe, South America and his native China. TY performs Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Allentown Symphony in 2018 and recital/concerto tours in Russia as the prize of the Frauchi Competition. With the goal of sharing the love of music through guitar in every piece he plays, TY’s concert repertoire is filled with diverse cross-genre music he loves. His debut CD will be released on Naxos in June of 2018, and includes works by Bach, Scarlatti, Brouwer, Assad, Tansman and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
TY was born in Hebei, China. He began to study classical guitar at the age of five with his father. At seven, he was introduced to Professor Chen Zhi with whom he studied at the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. In 2012, he was accepted into The Juilliard School undergraduate program, and during his six years of study there with Sharon Isbin, he received his Bachelor of Music in 2016, and his Master of Music in 2018. TY enjoys road cycling, surfing, and traveling.