Hui Zhang


Home: Sichuan, China
Alma maters: National University of Singapore, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, New York University
Appearances: Great Mountains Music Festival, Korea, 2012–14; International Holland Music Sessions; Lake District Summer Music International Festival, England
Musical origins: I began playing cello at the age of 6 because my mom thought I was too naughty. She wanted me to be a quiet and elegant girl.
Favorite composers: Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, and Ravel
Most fun pieces to play: Almost everything in the chamber and orchestral repertoires. My favorites include Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet, Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, the Shostakovich suites…
Best piece to play on repeat: Tchaikovsky’s String Sextet
Last book read: Freedom from the Known by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Favorite painting: Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night
Advice for a young classical musician: Start to build up your abilities besides music.
Time travel destination: Back to when I was 3 years old