Niu Niu is the nickname and performing identity of Zhang Shengliang, born into a musical family in Xiamen. He made his concert début in August 2003, a few weeks after his sixth birthday, with a programme that included a Mozart Sonata and a Chopin étude. At the age of eight, he became the youngest student in the 85-year history of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
In 2007 Niu Niu signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics - now Warner Classics – and in July 2008 released his debut album, “Niu Niu plays Mozart”, followed by “Niu Niu plays Chopin - The Complete Études” in 2010 and “Niu Niu Liszt Transcriptions” in 2012. His latest project, a recording of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Paganini Variations with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Jacek Kaspszyk, led to immediate invitations to perform concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.
Career highlights have included performing the Dvořák Piano Concerto with Jiří Bělohlávek and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at the Dvořák Prague Festival, his debut with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra under Muhai Tang performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, performing in Japan for a series of tours in 2014, and an invitation to London’s Royal Festival Hall to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.1 at the 2007 Pearl Awards in the presence of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.