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Frédéric Chopin: Three Mazurki, op.59


Claude Debussy: Étude pour les quartes

György Ligeti: En Suspens

Olivier Messiaen: Je dors, mais mon cœur veille

Claude Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse

About the artist

New-York-based pianist Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou has performed as a soloist and chamber musician internationally in the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Weil Concert Hall, Steinway and Son Hall in New York City, Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., Shanghai Concert Hall, National Library of Catalonia, Juventudes Musicales in Sevilla and various house concerts around New York City. She is the winner of the V BPA International Piano Award of Barcelona, engaged for 5 solo recitals across Spain. As an avid collaborative musician, her recital partners include members of New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera House, HK Philharmonic Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, as well as faculty members of Curtis Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music.

As the piano soloist in Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, she recorded and premiered contemporary pieces by composers such as Andrew Norman, Benjamin Broening and Thomas Ades. She is a highly sought-after collaborative pianist in metropolitan New York area, working with Brooklyn Art Song Society, Mannes Opera, Bare Opera, Classical lyrical Arts in Italy, etc. She is also at home with harpsichord and chamber organ continuo playing, frequently performing with Mannes Baroque Ensemble as well as Bach Institute in Emmanuel Music, Boston.

Born and raised in Shanghai, Sophia was offered full scholarship by Oberlin College as the first double-degree Bachelor student from mainland, China, majoring in Piano Performance and German literature. She continued her piano studies with Jan Jiracek von Arnim in University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as well as musicology with Dr. Morten Solvic, renowned Mahler scholar based in Vienna. She has obtained a Master of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York City, studying with Dr, Thomas Sauer. She has worked with renowned artists and pedagogue including Richard Goode, Peter Serkin, Barry Douglas, Leslie Howard, Ruth Slenczynska, Jacque Rouvier, Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling, Bernd Goetzke (Hannover Hochschuler fuer Musik), Hortense Cartier-Bresson (CNSM in Paris), Albert Attenelle (Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona) and Christopher Elton (Royal Academy of Music in London).

Sophia is currently a collaborative piano fellow in Bard College Conservatory of Music, working with acclaimed vocalist Stephanie Blythe and pianist/ coach Kayo Iwama in the Graduate Vocal Arts Program, as well as serving as secondary piano faculty for the college. In Spring 2020, Sophia was appointed as the Artistic Consultant of Stissing Arts Center, Pine Plains, NY. She will be curating the inaugural season of the venue. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, listening to French chansons, programming new concert ideas, and working on a two-year translation project of Jan Swafford’s Brahms biography from English to Chinese, to be published in 2025.


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