You Zhao


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

(Los Angeles).


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.

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