Prof. Mei Zhou
Zhejiang Conservatory of Music
Ms Mei Zhu, pianist, has giving numerous performances in the US and Asia where her intelligent and passionate performances have received wide acclaim. The Denver Post has described her playing as penetrating “beyond technical requirements to encounter its emotional heart”. Her Mozart playing has been praised by Paul Badura-Skoda as “intelligent” and “beautiful”. She won the first prize in the Asia-Pacific Chamber Music Competition, Howard Lebow Music Award, Kent/Blossom Chamber Music Fellowship, Simms Piano Fellowship and many others. She has performed with Shanghai Symphonic Orchestra, UMass Orchestra, and Stony Brook Orchestra.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with great musicians across the world, presenting numerous concerts, including those in the Weill Hall of Carnegie, Reinberger Hall of Severance, Fine Arts Center at Amherst, Ludwig Hall at Kent, Harris Hall at Aspen, Berkner Hall at Brookhaven, Staller Fine Arts center at Stony Brook, Shanghai Concert Hall, etc. From 2003-2007, she has received chamber music coaching with Emerson String Quartet, Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Pamela Frank, Frank Morelli, and Elain Bonnazzi.
Born in Hangzhou, China, Ms Zhu received her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Shanghai Conservatory of Music under Shiyu Zhou. She earned her Master’s degree in solo and chamber music from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she worked with Estela Olevsky and Nadin Shank, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Stony Brook University under the tutelage of Christina Dahl. Ms Zhu is now serving as professor and Deputy Head of the Piano Department of the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music.