The final day (June 24) of this year’s GFA in Fullerton, California, turned out to be quite a day for the Chinese: Tengyue Zhang, who was so impressive in every round of the International Concert Artist Competition (ICAC), managed to take first place in what everyone agrees was a dynamite field of wonderful players. He won over the judges with a sterling rendition of the Bach Chaconne, a bold choice for sure. The great Sharon Isbin celebrated his achievement on Facebook:
“Bravo to my brilliant student Tengyue Zhang for your 1st Prize win tonight at the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Competition! It’s a joy to teach you at The Juilliard School these last 5 years, & previously at the Aspen Music Festival and School! You played magnificently at GFA 2017, like a true & deep artist, w/ courage, dedication, beautiful musicianship & stunning virtuosity, all in the service of the music. Your 50-concert winner’s tour awaits!”
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