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.....