Small nws excemption3 Tips for working with a collaborative pianist

How-To | Dean Zhang
Bt movie not in use Come to the first rehearsal with an understanding of the piece you are working on, including pulse, phrasing, colors and form 00h:00m:13s
Bt movie not in use Clear instruction about tempo and tempo changes 00h:01m:12s
Bt movie not in use Schedule rehearsals and performance as early as possible 00h:01m:25s
Bt movie not in use Express your musical ideas clearly and confidently, but be ready for some compromise 00h:01m:51s
Bt movie not in use Provide a clean copy of the score to your pianist, make sure that it's bound well if you print it yourself 00h:02m:46s

Dean Zhang, NWS piano fellow, talks about tips for working well with a collaborative pianist.


Recorded Date: 20-04-2015

Dean Zhang

A dynamic and versatile pianist, third-year Fellow Dean Zhang appears internationally in critically acclaimed performances. Dr. Zhang has been praised by The Miami Herald as “a powerful keyboard player,” yet with a “smooth, fluid touch at the keyboard, bringing maximum expressiveness.” A laureate of numerous competitions, he won first prize in the Snowy Range Piano Competition, as well as the MTNA Young Artist Piano Performance Northwest Division Competition. He has been featured as a soloist with the New World Symphony as a winner of its concerto competition and has also performed concertos with the Shanghai University Symphony, University of Wyoming Symphony and National Repertory Orchestra. Most recently, Dr. Zhang was also featured as the harpsichord soloist in J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Omaha Chamber Music Society.

As the former principal keyboardist at the Omaha Symphony, Dr. Zhang performed with the orchestra in more than 200 concerts and presentations during the 2015-16 season. He was invited for two summers as principal keyboardist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado. Dr. Zhang currently serves as principal keyboardist with the Southwest Florida Symphony, where he was appointed in 2016.

In addition to his achievement in piano performance, Dr. Zhang is an outstanding organist and was featured with the New World Symphony as the organ soloist in Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3. He has also served as the principal organist and artist in residence at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming, and United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

After two years of studying management science at Shanghai University, Dr. Zhang was granted a full scholarship at the University of Wyoming where he received his bachelor and master of music degrees as a student of Dr. Theresa Bogard. Under the tutelage of Paul Schenly and Kathryn Brown, he earned a doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Zhang also studied extensively with Joela Jones, principal keyboardist of The Cleveland Orchestra. A devoted pedagogue, Dr. Zhang joined the piano faculty of the New England Music Camp in 2015 and has presented master classes at universities throughout the United States and China.