Fang Zhang
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The Chinese-born 17-year-old percussionist Fang Zhang has been named BBC Young Musician 2020. His playing « elicited a kaleidoscope of colours and expression » that « deeply moved the jury », said Angela Dixon, who chaired the judging panel.

Zhang’s victory came a year late, after the 2020 contest was delayed by Covid.

Each of the three finalists, Zhang as well as French horn player Annemarie Federle and 19-year old oboist Ewan Millar played a full concerto with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, led by conductor Mark Wigglesworth.

Zhang was born in China’s Henan province and has recently been studying at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester.

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