BBC Four and Radio 3 ran the contest with a final on 13 May at which Lauren competed against saxophonist Robert Burton and cellist Maxim Calver, who are both older than her by two years.
At school in Birmingham, where she also attends the city's Junior Conservatoire, Lauren is assured by her win of a distinguished future. Since
the competition began
it has come to be regarded as a
benchmark for outstanding young talent, with a reputation for
discovering and championing the stars of the future.
The 2016 winner,
17-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who presented Lauren with the award, has gone on to perform at several
events, including the BBC Proms and the Baftas, His recent debut album made history by entering
in the Official Album Charts and topping the Classical Charts.
Lauren Zhang acknowledges tumultuous applause at the BBC Young Musician 2018 final
Lauren chose the expressive and virtuosic Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 for the grand
at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Sunday
accompanied by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted
by Mark Wigglesworth. Judges, including the cellist Natalie Clein, were impressed with the maturity with which Lauren handled its twists and turns as well as her formidable technique.
You can catch her remarkable performance here on BBC iPlayer.
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