Leenaards gives away half million to encourage region’s culture


Winners include 16-year-old Vaud musical prodigy Mélodie Zhao LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Leenaards Foundation has given CHF500,000 in prizes and scholarships to encourage artists in the region. One of the winners is 16-year-old Mélodie Zhao of Saint Prex, who last summer became the youngest ever person to receive a master’s degree in music from the […]

Zhao’s Chopin is syrup-free, passion-filled

[correction, 7 March: music played for the encoreI have rarely been so blown away at a classical music concert as I was last night, 2 March, at Geneva’s Victoria Hall. Mélodie Zhao turned composer Frédéric Chopin’s complete 27 Etudes into something I didn’t know the collection had the capacity to be: magnificently passionate. The romantic […]

Prodigy Mélodie Zhao gives rare Chopin complete Etudes concert (update)


Zhao was performing Chopin in concerts at age 8 Updated 7 March: link to review in Le Temps Geneva / Saint Prex, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Mélodie Zhao, age 15, will sit down at a grand piano at Geneva’s Victoria Hall Tuesday evening, to a sellout crowd of nearly 2,000 people, to interpret Chopin, in honour […]