Ms. Qianyao Zheng


Concert Pianist, Accompanist,  Pedagogue

Co-Founder of Golden Key Piano

Qianyao Zheng, born in China and started to play the piano at the age of  four. At the age of thirteen, Ms. Zheng enrolled in the Secondary  School of Shenyang Conservatory in China, where she consistently ranked  at the top of the class and rewarded with top scholarship annually.  Besides that, she has won several important prizes, including 2nd Prize  in the thirteenth Oberlin International Competition, and 5th Prize in  the fourteenth Hong Kong/Asia Open Piano Competition. She was also  selected to perform in the master classes of some world-class pianists,  including Sergei Babayan, Pascal Roge and Arie Verdi. 

In 2010, Ms. Zheng was successfully accepted by Arizona State University  School of Music as a piano performance major undergraduate awarded with  full scholarship, studied with renowned pianist and artist teacher  Robert Hamilton. As a student at ASU, she performed frequently as  collaborative pianist in addition to solo appearances.  In August of  2011, she was chosen piano winner in the school-wide Concert of Soloists  competition, and selected to perform the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in E  flat Major at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. In addition to that,  she had master classes with famous musicians, including Jerome  Lowenthal, Jeremy Denk, and etc. 

In 2012 and 2013, she attended New Paltz Piano Summer Festival at New  York State, where she had master classes with noted musicians as well.  In addition to her solo performances, she also studied chamber music and  involved in different kind of ensembles. Ms. Qianyao played Schumann  Piano Quintet and Stanford Piano Quintet with her colleagues and got  coaching from Bretano String Quartet in 2012 and St. Lawrence Quartet in  2013. She also joined the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble during  junior year and premiered pieces written by several contemporary  composers as well. Besides that, she accompanied with different solo  instruments and voice class for non-majors and has taken several piano  pedagogy courses during her undergraduate studies. She has experiences  in teaching both private lessons, group class and music theory.  

Ms. Zheng graduated from Arizona State University School of Music as a  “Distinguished graduate student” in 2014 and earned her master degree of  piano performance at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in  2016, under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Roux. During her graduate degree  study at Rice University, Ms. Zheng has successfully held two-degree  recitals and was chosen as one of the finalists in the school-wide  concerto competition. In addition to that, Ms. Zheng showed her great  passion and enthusiasm in teaching during her study at Rice University.  She was also hired by the Yamaha Authorized Music School as one of the  piano instructors during her study at Rice University.