January GO Series with TY Zhang
January 16, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
January GO Series with TY Zhang
We’re excited to present guitar virtuoso TY Zhang! You’ll love hearing his glorious guitar playing and seeing his warm, charming presence. We hosted TY back in 2019 when he performed in Grand Rapids, MI for his Guitar Foundation of America tour. Luck would have it that the “polar vortex” came through that week. The concert was rescheduled, so we got to hang out for a week. We ate TY’s delicious cooking, took him skiing for the first time, and sat around philosophizing about music. There are going to be some special vibes coming through from his home in Los Angeles!
Our Folias Music GO Series is a monthly live-streamed concert with Folias Duo alongside musical guests who play fresh, undiscovered, and newly written music for soloists and small groups. We started the GO Series in 2020 to keep connecting with musicians and audiences, and we’re excited about the continued availability of broadcasting technologies for independent artists. The 2021-22 season presents musicians from Chicago, Grand Rapids, Los Angeles, and Detroit who play will play classical, world, jazz, and improvisational-based music.
These concerts are free, but your support is essential for us to keep presenting these concerts. We suggest a $10 – $20 per person donation for the concerts. You can also support Folias Music at the virtual merchandise table.
TY Zhang – Guitar
More about TY
“His [Zhang] playing is always tasteful and deeply expressive without any exaggeration. He takes his place as one of the finest of this emerging generation of magnificent artists.”—American Record Guide.
The highlight of TY Zhang’s international career was the Grand Prize of the 2017 Guitar Foundation of American International Concert Artist Competition (GFA-ICAC), known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world. TY become the first Chinese to be honored with this prize. His win was followed by a tour with over 50 concerts in the U.S., including his Carnegie Hall debut. In 2018, TY released his solo album with Naxos company as the Laureate Series · Guitar Recital. It was praised as: “one of the most talented young players… I’m struck by the extraordinary levels of mastery, comfort and relative ease.” —Classical Guitar Magazine.
In addition to his GFA win, TY has received First Prizes awards around the world’s top competitions in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., including the Alexander Frauchi International Competition of Russia, the Changsha International Guitar Competition of China, the Schadt String Competition in the US, Austria’s Forum Gitarre Wien International Youth Competition, as well as the GFA Youth International Competition.
As a performing artist, TY has given concert tours and masterclasses throughout the world, including Sydney, Australia; Belgrade, Serbia; Vienna, Austria; St. Petersburg, Moscow, Obninsk, Bryansk, Nizhniy-Novgorod, and Kaluga of Russia; Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto of Japan; Beijing, Tianjin, HongKong, Macao, Changsha, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Kunming and Chongqing of China; and over 50 cities of the United States. He was featured on multiple international radios and Television shows, including Russia’s NIKA-TV and GUBERNIYA-TV and New York’s WQXR’s Greene Space & Radio.
TY enjoys photography, videography, road cycling, surfing, and traveling.
TY’s favorite quotes including:
“Everyone is my teacher.”
“Perseverance is key to fulfill one’s dream.”
Suggested donation of $10 – $20 per person.
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