A native of Shenyang, China, pianist Yun-Chin Zhou, whose given name means pure melody, has been hailed as a “dashing virtuoso … complete with dazzling fingerwork and shapely phrasing” (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

In addition to his acclaimed New York and Washington, DC recital debuts at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall and at the Kennedy Center on the Young Concert Artists Series, Mr. Zhou has performed around the U.S., at Saint Vincent College, the Center for Arts in Natick, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Port Washington Library, the Jewish Community Alliance, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Colgate University, Friends of Music, the Evergreen Museum and Library, the Bedford Chamber Concert Series, and the Harriman-Jewell Series, among others.  He has collaborated with YCA Artists including in the Great Hall Series with violinist Paul Huang and at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall with clarinetist Narek Arutyunian, which whom he appears again this season in concerts at the Morgan Library and Museum and the Oneonta Concert Association.  Last season, The New York Times extolled his “sensational” and “brilliant” performance of Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 3 with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall with conductor Michael Stern.

Mr. Zhou won First Prize at the 2013 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, as well as the John Browning Memorial Prize, Ruth Laredo Memorial Award, the Slomovic Prize, and seven performance prizes.  He also captured First Prize in the 2013 Gina Bachauer Piano Competition at Juilliard, which brought him a full scholarship and an appearance on WQXR’s Young Artist Showcase with Robert Sherman.  He won top prizes in the 2007 China International Piano Competition, the 2006 Gulangyu Piano Competition in Xiamen, the Busoni Piano Competition in Italy, and the Cleveland Piano Competition.  He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout China, including the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing.

Mr. Zhou began his piano studies at the age of seven.  From the age of 19, he studied at the Curtis Institute of Music with Gary Graffman and Robert McDonald, with whom he continues his studies at the Juilliard School.

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