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Chinese-born pianist, Dr. Yu Zhang received her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree from The Juilliard School in 2011. Currently a faculty member of the City College of City University of New York, Dr. Zhang enjoys teaching music in classroom as well as making music on stage. As a performer, she gave concerts in major cities of the United States, Europe, and Asia. At age twenty, she was presented in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall by the New York State Piano Teachers Association, from whom she received “Outstanding Achievements in the Arts” award. Dr. Zhang performed solo recitals with the International Piano Festivals in Paris, Canary Islands, Barcelona, Vila-Seca, and concertos with Tenerife Symphony Orchestra of Spain under conductor David Gilbert. She has also been featured on the classical music radio station of WQXR, New York City.
Dr. Zhang began her piano lessons at age four. During her early years of study, she had already enjoyed frequent performances throughout her native country, and won numerous prizes in national competitions. At the age of twelve, she entered the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in Beijing. In 1999, she was honored “The Most Excellent Young Talent” award in China.
In the year 2000, Dr. Zhang began her studies at Manhattan School of Music in New York with Solomon Mikowsky. During her four years of studies at MSM, she received high marks for her performances in the master classes of Yefim Bronfman and Dimitry Bashkirov. In 2002, she won the first prize of Dora Zaslavsky Koch Competition, and as a result played the Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Czech conductor Zdenêk Mácal.
Dr. Zhang entered The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal in 2004, and continued to pursue her doctoral degree at Juilliard from 2006 to 2011, studying with both Jerome Lowenthal and Yoheved Kaplinsky. While studying at Juilliard, Dr. Zhang received the C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship awards, the L. & G. Goldberg Scholarship, H. & E. Kivekas Scholarship, and Susan W. Rose Piano Fellowship awards. In the last two years, Dr. Zhang published a series of articles on topics related to piano literature analysis and piano performance on the Chinese national magazine, Art of the Piano.
Dr. Zhang’s performance of Chopin’s Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22 has been used in the sound track of the movie, Atlas Shrugged, which was released in theaters nationwide on April 15, 2011. Her recent performances include a solo recital at the South Huntington Library of New York; appearance as the soloist with the Gemini Youth Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center; the Summer Garden series in the Museum of Modern Arts. In June of 2013, Dr. Zhang gave a lecture recital, “The Piano Music of Three Contemporary American Composers—Eric Ewazen, Lowell Liebermann, and Behzad Ranjbaran” at the Chinese Conservatory in Beijing.