Mr. Shengyuan Zhou


Pianist, Pedagogue, Photographer, Piano Technician

Founder of Golden Key Piano

Born in Guangzhou, China, Mr. Shengyuan Zhou immigrated to America with  his family at age 15 and started his career as a professional concert  pianist. Over the next few years, he received a Bachelor degree in Piano  Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the guidance  of Professor Yoshikazu Nagai. He also completed his Master degree in  Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying from Shepherd School of Music at  Rice University where he studied with Professor Brian Connelly. During  his master study at Rice University, Mr. Zhou also studied piano  technology with Dr. Dean Shank, R.P.T, the head piano technician of the  music school. 

As a concert pianist, Mr. Zhou won the gold medal in Guangzhou Young  Pianist Competition in Guangzhou, China, and scored second prize in  Henry and Carol Piano Competition in California. He performed in many  places in United States such as Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, Osher  Salon, Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre, Herbst Theatre, Cypresswood United  Methodist Church and Duncan Recital Hall. With his dazzling technique,  heartfelt expression, relentless pursuit for perfection and calmness  under pressure, Mr. Zhou’s faithful yet innovative interpretation of  classical music was praised by a wide range of audiences. 

As a chamber music pianist, Mr. Zhou frequently performed in  collaborative environments----from accompanying soloists, performing in a  small piano trio, all the way to performing a piano concerto with a  full scale orchestra. Mr. Zhou’s professionalism is respected by all his  colleagues. “Always comes to rehearsals more prepared than anybody  else....” said by many of his professional musician friends. “When all  hell breaks loose, we can count on him...” said by many soloists  accompanied by Mr. Zhou. 

As a piano teacher, Mr. Zhou has more than a decade of teaching  experience with music lovers from age 4 to 84. He navigates gracefully  through modern and classic lesson materials and makes sure his students  learn the art of piano playing in the most efficient manner. Mr. Zhou’s  focus on musicality and technicality during teaching is unsurpassed. He  has very high standards for his students, yet conducts lessons in a  friendly and humorous manner knowing that artistry grows best in a  supportive environment. 

Lastly, as a piano technician, Mr. Zhou is employed by Rice University  Shepherd School of Music to maintain and improve its fleet of practice  and concert pianos such as Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, Kawai, Boston  etc. From this valuable and rare opportunity, Mr. Zhou has gained a  great deal of experience in the field of piano technology. As an  accomplished pianist, Mr. Zhou knows what the pianists want from their  pianos, thus delivering precise work for the client. And as a piano  technician, Mr. Zhou knows how to utilize the piano best for the  creation of wonderful music.....