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Matinée Musicale Cincinnati Presents Yun Zeng, French horn, Donna Loewy, piano

Presented by Matinée Musicale Cincinnati at Memorial Hall OTR, Cincinnati OH

Mar 03 2024
Matinée Musicale Cincinnati Presents Yun Zeng, French horn, Donna Loewy, piano

Yun Zeng represents the new generation of Chinese wind instrumentalists.

Young Chinese horn player Yun Zeng was born into a musical family in 1999 and started learning French horn with his father, Jie Zeng, at age six. In 2012, he was selected to the ‘Best of Best project’, specially provided to young talented musicians by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. As a soloist, Yun Zeng has performed some of the most renowned French horn repertoire with symphony orchestras and is currently shining on international stages.

He has had a chain of successes in international competitions: 2nd prize at The International Competition of Young Musicians in Vladivostok, Russia in 2012; 2nd prize at the Jeju International Brass Competition in South Korea – the youngest prize winner in its history; 2nd prize in the Professional Division of the 2015 International Horn Competition of America; 1st prize at the Lieksa International Horn Competition in Finland in 2016; 1st prize at the International Competition “Città di Porcia” in 2017; and 2nd prize at the Prague Spring International Competition in 2018.

In 2019 Zeng won first prize in the newly introduced brass instrument category of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and in 2021 he was awarded 2nd Prize in the horn category at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In 2022, at age 22, Zeng won the audition for principal horn of one of the oldest orchestras in the world (founded in 1570), Staatskapelle Berlin, a much-coveted post for any brass player.

“Playing the French horn is like dancing on a high wire” Yun Zeng has observed, adding it is “difficult to play and probably the most difficult of all orchestral instruments…It’s not only about technique but also about a sense of beauty up there.”


Tickets available from August 7, 2023, online or by calling the Memorial Hall box office, 513-977-8838, and 2 hours before the show at the door.

BOGO valid for orchestra, balcony or box seats, $35 - $45. Student tickets $10, excluded from the BOGO offer.
The most convenient parking option is directly across the street at the 1- Washington Park Garage. Other options include:
2 - YMCA/Elm Street Lot on Elm Street

3 - Mercer Garage on Vine Street between 13th & 14th street

4 -Town Center Garage on Central Parkway opposite Music Hall under WCET

5 - SP+ Surface Lot situated directly between Memorial Hall and Music Hall (usually most expensive, fills quickly)

Contact: (513) 977-8838


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  • Mar 3, 2024 at 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm (Sun)

Additional time info:

Meet the artists reception follows the performance.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Memorial Hall OTR

1225 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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The most convenient parking option is directly across the street at the Washington Park Garage

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