Chinese Pianist You Zhao is establishing herself as an emerging collaborative pianist by
appearing in concert venues and music festivals in Europe, North America, and China.
Incorporating her diverse background as a pianist and classical singer, she possesses
specialized interests in the piano-vocal repertoire.
Zhao’s strong passion and interest in musical collaboration have led her to enjoy a broad
musical career. She has participated in many master classes: Julius Drake, Margo Garrett,
Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Wolfram Rieger, Roger Vignoles as well as many other
eminent artists. She was a finalist in the 2017 Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International
Song Competition. Her summer festival experience includes Tanglewood Music Center as
well as appearances at the Franz-Schubert-Institut, Songfest, and Beijing International Music
Festival and Academy. In concert, Zhao’s recent appearances include Wigmore Hall
(London), OPERA America (New York), Jordan Hall (Boston), and Zipper Concert Hall
You Zhao began her piano study at age 5. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music from
Shandong Normal University (Jinan, Shandong, China), where she received her education in
both piano performance and vocal performance. Zhao came to the United States in 2013 to
study with Jean Barr at the Eastman School of Music, the University of Rochester (Rochester,
New York), where she graduated with a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano and
Chamber Music. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano from New
England Conservatory of Music (Boston, Massachusetts), under the guidance of Cameron
Stowe and Jonathan Feldman. She is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in
Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern
California (Los Angeles, California), studying with Alan Smith.
Currently, Zhao is pursing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California (Los Angeles, California), studying with Alan Smith.