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Zhang Long wins the First Prize in 2019 NEUE STIMMEN

NOV . 04 2019
Peking University, October 29, 2019: October 26th marked the ending of the final of 2019 NEUE STIMMEN after 5 months’ preliminary and 1 week’s final contest. Zhang Long, in 2018 graduated from Academy of Opera, Peking University, emerged from more than 1500 fellow contestants after 3 rounds of fierce battle, secured the first prize.

Boasting an international reputation, the NEUE STIMMEN competition provides an excellent stage for the young talented musicians across the world, and attracts numerous prestigious conductors, art directors as well as impresarios. Being the only contestant from Asia this year, Zhang also was the first Chinese musician to win the first prize in this competition.
 
Zhang Long at the award ceremony

What’s hidden behind glory and reputation are always toil and sweat. Since Zhang’s matriculation in PKU, he has learned a lot from his mentors and grasped every chance to perform upon the bigger stage to improve his capability.

The 2019 NEUE STIMMEN was not the only international competition that he has won in recent years. In 2016, he won the first prize of the 4th International Voice Competition “Le Grand Prix de l’Opéra”. The next year, he was nominated the 2017 top ten male singers by the International Opera Awards and stood out in the first place of the China division of the 55th Concorso Internazionale Voci Verdiane Città di Busseto. This year, due to his excellent performance, he was awarded 6 prizes at the 10th International Stanislaw Moniuszko Vocal Competition. Later, he triumphed over his rivals at the 2nd International Music Competition Harbin.

Indeed, flowers and applauses, sweats and tears are intertwined in his path to success. The knowledge acquired on campus, coupled with his training at international stages, is Zhang’s lifelong companion and treasure.

Written by: Liu Zhenwei
Edited by: Hu Rong
Source: PKU News (Chinese)