‘I am astonished’ says BBC Young Musician winnermain
Pianist Lauren Zhang, 16, ran off with the BBC YM of 2018 with a daring, gravity-defying performance of Prokofiev’s 2nd concerto.
The composer could never have imagined the tough piece being played by a teenager… and with such intensity and expressiveness.
Lauren, from Birmingham, showed unimaginable assurance and understanding.
UPDATE: What we have learned since her win:
1 This was her first encounter with a professional orchestra.
2 She’s from Albuquerque, New Mexico, migrating to England in 2010 when she got a place at the Birmingham Conservatoire.
3 She’s sitting her GCSE exams this week, starting tomorrow.
4 She has won a slot at the BBC Proms.
If you are in the UK, you can watch the final here.