Ethan Zheng, 16, piano

March 11, 2023, 11:00 am

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Today on Introductions, Ethan Zheng of Lake Zurich, a piano student of Marta Aznavoorian. His recital features the music of Johannes Brahms, Frédéric Chopin, Chen Yi, and Sergei Prokofiev.

Ethan Zheng, 16, is a junior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. He is a Scholarship Fellow at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy. He started playing the piano at the age of 5 and has won numerous top prizes in competitions, including the Walgreens National Concerto Competition, U.S. New Star Piano Competition, United States International Music Competition, Young Baroque Artists Competition in Champaign-Urbana and Sejong Music Competition. Ethan has taken masterclasses with Ning An, Michael Brown, Stephen Pierce and Frank Wiens.

Aside from playing the piano, Ethan is also a passionate clarinet player, and is a member of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ top orchestra. He has also been selected as a clarinetist of the ILMEA All-State Honors Band in 2022 as well as All-State Honors Orchestra in 2023. Ethan is an active keyboardist of his school’s Baroque Ensemble and Jazz Combo. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and chess.


Johannes Brahms: Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79, No. 2

Frédéric Chopin: Etude in G-sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 6, “Thirds”

Frédéric Chopin: Etude in B minor, Op. 25, No. 10, “Octaves”

Chen Yi: Guessing

Frédéric Chopin: Ballade in G minor, Op. 23, No. 1

Sergei Prokofiev: Suggestion diabolique, Op. 4, No. 4

Some music is not available in the podcast version for copyright reasons.