Biography

Award prize winner of Hong Kong Asia Open piano competition, London International Piano Competition and Zimmerli Piano Competition. Pianist Chi Zhang was born in China, studied piano at age four. She first performed on stage at age seven, and gave her first piano recital at age 9. In the same year, she won the first prize of the “Jin Qiao Cup Young Pianist Competition” and performed Mozart Piano Concerto k488 with Xiamen Symphony Orchestra in Gulang Yu. In 1999, Chi won the first prize of the “Xing Hai Cup Piano competition for Young Musicians”. In the following year, Chi won another top prize of the “Xia Men Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto Competition”. In 2000,2001,2002, Chi Zhang was awarded three times for the “Outstanding Young Musician in China” in three consecutive years.

 

In 2004, Chi Zhang was accepted with first graded and full scholarship by The Attached Music School of Shenyang Conservatory, which is one of the top three musical high schools in China. In the second year of High School, Chi Zhang attend the “London International Piano Competition” and got special reward for “Best performance of Scarlatti Sonata”. At age of 16, she was the youngest finalist in this competitive international piano competition. In the same year, Chi Zhang won the first prize of the “Hong Kong Asia Open piano competition” in 2004, and awarded special prize for the “Best performance of Beethoven Piano Sonata” and the “Best performance of Chopin Nocturne”. In the last year of high school, Chi Zhang won the first prize of “Annual Piano Concerto competition” in Shenyang Conservatory of Music and first prize of “The Fifth Shenyang Chamber Music competition” in 2006.

 

 In 2007, Chi was accepted by ten music conservatories from all over the world at same time with scholarships which including Royal Academy of Music in London, Manhattan School of Music in New York, New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, University of Denver, Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. State University of New York at Fredonia, Arizona State University, University of Idaho and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. Chi Zhang decided to go to Arizona State University, where she got "Special Talent Scholarship" and studied piano with Pianist Robert Hamilton. During the school years, Chi Zhang received three times of Dean's letter due to her exemplary talent performances in school. She won the “Arizona State University Annual Concerto Competition”

in the second year of college and performed Beethoven third piano concerto with Arizona State University symphony orchestra in Gammege Hall. From the first year in college, Chi Zhang started to collaborative with singers, strings, woodwind, percussionist and music theater students. Chi also started to build her own teaching studio since sophomore year, she started to teach all levels of students from beginner to advanced level.

 

In 2012, Chi Zhang entered the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music with full graduate scholarship and studied piano performance with Pianist Eugene Pridonoff. In the same year, Chi became the studio pianist of violin study and started to play for the string prep department in CCM. In 2012, Chi Zhang was invited as an official piano in Hong Kong International Violin Competition. In the second year of her master study, Chi Zhang won the “Zimmerli Piano Competition” in North Carolina Brevard Music Center.  In 2014, Chi Zhang got in the Doctoral Program in Piano Performance with instrumental accompanist graduate scholarship and studying piano performance with professor Pridonoff and Professor Michael Chertok. In the same year, Chi Zhang was invited as official piano accompanist and chamber coach in Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Germany. Chi Zhang has taught in masterclasses and gave piano duo tour performances in Foshan, Shenzhen, Changsha, Xiamen, Dalian, Anshan, Shenyang, Macao and Hong kong in 2014 and 2015. Her piano duo performances had been rated by the Shenzhen Daily News as “One of the most exciting and high level classical performances for the whole season”. Foshan Digital Evening Paper gave a five-star rating for “New rising starts in Guangzhou, China.”

 

Awards/Achievements

*First Prize winner of the Jin Qiao Cup Young Pianist Competition in 1998, China

*First Prize winner of the Xing Hai Cup Piano competition for Young Musicians in 1999, China

*First Prize winner of Xia Men Symphony Orchestra Piano Concerto competition in 2000, China

*In 2000,2001,2002, awarded for the “Outstanding Young Musician in China” in three consecutive years

*First Prize winner of Hong Kong Asia Open piano competition in 2004, Hong Kong, Special reward for “Best performance of Beethoven Piano Sonata” and “Best performance of Chopin Nocturne”

*Finalist in London International Piano Competition in 2004, special reward for “Best performance of Scarlatti Sonata”

*Accepted with first graded and full scholarship in the Attached Middle School of Shenyang Conservatory of Music (rated as top three of music high school in China)

*First Prize winner of Annual Piano Concerto competition in Shenyang Conservatory of Music in 2006, China

*First Prize winner of The Fifth Shenyang Chamber Music competition in 2006, China. Special reward for “Best performance of Schumann”

*Accepted by TEN music conservatories from all over the world at same time with scholarships in 2007 which including Royal Academy of Music in London, Manhattan School of Music in New York, New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, University of Denver, Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada. State University of New York at Fredonia, Arizona State University, University of Idaho and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore.

Top winner of Arizona State University Annual Concerto Competition in 2008

Prize Winner of Zimmerli Piano Competition in 2014, North Carolina

Official Piano Accompanist and chamber coach in Hong Kong International Violin Competition (2012)

Piano Accompanist in Henri Marteau Violin Competition in Germany (2014)

 

Chamber Music

 

Chi is available to collaborate with any instrumentalist, singer, or ensemble in any setting.

 

“Chi Zhang is a remarkable pianist with a particular affinity for accompanying and chamber music. Chi is one of the best sight readers I know and can balance incredible amounts of repertoire. She can work with any instrument, singer or ensemble.  She can play the most difficult repertoire and is very easy to rehearse with. She gave one of the most beautiful chamber music recitals I have heard recently while balancing lots of other accompanying and teaching responsibilities.  She has a reputation as a very patient and thoughtful teacher of students of all abilities.”

 

Michael Chertock

Professor of Piano

Chair, Piano Department

University of Cincinnati

College – Conservatory of Music

 

Lessons

Chi Zhang is available to teach students of all levels from beginner to advanced. Please contact her with all lesson requests. Due to her busy schedule, she may not be able to accommodate all requests, though she will try her best.

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