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Award-winning bassist performs in Dalton

Dec. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--DaXun Zhang, the first double bassist to win the Young Concert Artists Auditions, continues the Bullock Performance Institute's 2006-07 season with a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall at Western Michigan University. Zhang's program will include pieces by Saint-Saëns, Gliere, Gershwin and Schumann, among others.

All seating is general admission. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or in advance through the Miller Auditorium ticket office at (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Students and senior citizens will be admitted for $5.

During his visit to WMU, Zhang also will give a free public performance at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, as part of the School of Music's Convocation Series, and he will conduct a master class, open to the public, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Both will be held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Zhang has performed, toured and recorded with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, appearing with the group at Carnegie Hall in 2004. He also has performed in the La Jolla (Calif.) Music Society SummerFest and the Linton Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati. In addition to his own recitals, Zhang also has had several solo appearances with symphonies throughout the nation.

Zhang was awarded the Claire Tow Prize, which sent him to the Young Concert Artists Series, as well as the Washington Performing Arts Society Prize, which sponsored his Washington, D.C. debut at the Kennedy Center. He also received the La Jolla Music Society Prize, the Orchestra New England Soloist Prize and the Fergus Prize. Zhang was the youngest artist ever to win the International Society of Bassists solo competition.

A native of Harbin, China, Zhang comes from a family of bassists and has been playing since he was 9 years old. At 11, he began studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, continuing his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. He received a bachelor of music degree from Indiana University and currently teaches at Northwestern University.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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