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.