“Opening Concert with Brahms, Beethoven and Schubert opened by a young poacher in Jiang-Artists-Festival, who was only 18 years old, not only straightforward but also very sensitive. He’s good at capturing the inner world of instantaneous changes, depicting delicately sound, color and taste of the music.” (03/2019) Kultur am Ort in Kaufbeuren
Within the concert series of the complete piano sonatas by Beethoven, the Culture Bureau of Göttingen (07/2018) praised his interpretation of the Sonata in E-flat major op. 7: “His remarkable quality characteristic was the balance between absolute control and flexibility of the musical shaping which always sounded natural and convincing”.
"Zifan Ye plays my work: Scherzo (1986) with sincere feelings, balance on music and unraveled, fantastic technique. He gives a dramatic performance full of self- understanding and without any excesses. I was moved by this great pianist who came from China and enjoyed himself to the full as a composer."- José Luis Turina (11/2018)
Highly praised by G. Graffman as a musician with “Terrific talent, he always had an incredible imaginatively ideas for many pieces and everything being a novelty is very exciting”. (2014)
China’s most important and influential music magazine “Journal of the People’s Music” (07/2013) praised him as “Zifan Ye, the extraordinary pianist”.
“Attention this child, he’ll be very successful and must be a fantastic and preeminent pianist”. V. Ashkenazy (2011)
The young pianist Zifan Ye was born in 2000 in Inner Mongolia and received his first piano lessons at the age of five with associate Prof. Zhang Erpin. Three years later, he already started his professional studies in the highly gifted piano class of Prof. Xi You at the “attached Primary School to the Central Conservatory of Music” in Beijing. During this intense working period, he was selected to play in various masterclasses of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Michel Béroff, Andrea Bonatta, Boris Berman, Gary Graffman, Krzysztof Jablonski, Yong Hi Moon, Leonel Morales Alonso, Menahem Pressler, and Paul Badura-Skoda. Additionally, he was supported by the “Edifier Foundation” for many years. Since 2017, he was supported by Patenschaftensstipendium HMTMH this foundation to now.
Since October 2017, he moved to Germany and continues his music studies at the “Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media” in the renowned piano class of Prof. Gerrit Zitterbart.
Zifan Ye won lots of International Piano Competitions (19th International Piano Competition "Composers of Spain", 1st Prize of 8th International Piano Competition María Herrero, Ettlingen International Piano Competition 2014, 1st Prize of International Piano Competition in France and the 2nd Prize of “Golden Bell Award” in China).
In addition to this, he has got so many mature, ample stage experiences in China and Europe.
In 2018 and 2019, Zifan Ye performed for more than 10000 his audiences with 40 recitals in different countries and numerous cities including Switzerland (Basel), Germany (Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Hanover, Göttingen, Ettlingen, Wernigerode, Klausberg, Kaufbeuren, Hann Münden), Austria (Salzburg), Russia ( Moscow, Saint Petersburg), Italy (Brescia), France (Paris), Spain ( Madrid, Granada), Portugal (Porto), Poland (Bydgoszcz) and China (Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Xiamen, Xian, Zhuhai, Yichang, Shenyang, Dalian and Tongliao).
He has performed in many well known theatres, such as Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory Concert Hall, Conservatoire de Paris Concert Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, Sala Auditorio Joaquín Rodrigo Concert Hall Madrid, Caja Rural Granada Sede Central, Academy Concert Hall Brescia, National Centre for the Performing Arts (China), Beijing Concert Hall, Tianjin Grand Theatre, Hongtai Concert Hall and Xian Conservatory Of Music Hall.
Zifan Ye has attended many prestigious International Piano Festival of Concert Series BNP Paribas, Beijing International Chamber Music Festival of the Central Conservatory of Music, International Music Festival “Piano aux Jacobins, Mozarteum Salzburg, Talent Music Summer Courses Brescia, 10th Paderewski Piano Academy, Angels of Music, Jiang-Artists-Festival and Concerts María Herrero festival.
In the meantime, Zifan collaborated with Torun Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Central Conservatory Of Music, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra and Sichuan Symphony Orchestra.
This year he has been selected for Deutsche Musikleben Stiftung (Carl-Heinz Illies-Förderstipendium) as a sponsored musician 2019/2020. And he has also been selected and invited by TIMF to participate 2019 Isang Yun International Music Competition in Toeyeong, Korea.
The young pianist Zifan Ye currently lives in Hanover and continues to extend his concert career in the 2019/20 season with conductor Mr. Malte Steinsiek and Cassel Symphony Orchestral to premiere composer Mr. Christian Schumacher's Piano Concerto and continue the Piano solo recitals tour in Europe including Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.