Chinese-born pianist Dr. Huizi Zhang is an active performer of solo and chamber music in the United States and abroad. She embraces a wide range of repertoire and styles, particularly interested in 21st century music. After performing and giving lectures on the music of Witold Lutosławski, György Ligeti, and Michael Levinas, she was invited to perform her piano duet at the opening concert of the 18th Biennial Festival of New Music, and ensembles at FSU New Music Festival. Dr. Zhang also performed
solo pieces and chamber music at Beijing Modern Music Festival and Beijing Music Festival. As a fellow of the New Music Ensemble at Atlantic Music Festival (AMF) in 2017, she participated concerts and premiered over twenty pieces by different composers. She has also continued to pursue critical solo performance opportunities, including a recent recital that encompassed the premiere of several compositions, at at Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Opera Center America in New York City, and Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. She is also a prize winner of many piano competitions including: Second prize of Michigan Music Teachers’ Association Young Artist Piano Competition; First prize of “Sejung Cup” Piano Competition; Fist prize of “Steinway Cup” Piano Competition of China, Shandong Division. Dr. Zhang is also a dynamic performer as a chamber musician and accompanist. She gave successful concerts with her piano trio in Michigan, her piano duet Duo One with Russian pianist Tatiana Gorbunova in Florida, and her new music Toy Ensemble “Play-play” in New York City .
Dr. Zhang is also a skilled music instructor. She has enjoyed over ten years of teaching experience working with piano students in a variety of settings in the United States and abroad. She is an active member of MTNA, taught secondary piano lesson and Jazz group piano class at Florida State University, helped students prepare for music school auditions and ABRSM piano exams. she is the owner of Downtown Brooklyn Piano Lessons, teaching students private online lessons and in-studio/home lessons in Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn area.
Dr. Zhang’s primary piano professors include David Kalhous, Joel Hastings, Logan Skelton, and Zhihong Guo. Additional studies and master classes have been with Christopher Harding, Amy I. Cheng, Boris Slutsky, Daniel Shapiro, Gabriel Chodos, Natalya Antonova, and Sergei Babayan. As the winner of the National Research Project Foundation, she received four-year National Scholarships and National Aspiration Scholarships for her Bachelor’s degree from Central Conservatory of China; received Master’s degree in Piano Performance and double degree in Chamber Music from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; earned a doctoral degree in Piano Performance at Florida State University College of Music in 2018. She also received full scholarships during her studies in Florida State University where she started her DMA program in 2015. In 2016, she was selected as a member by the Honor Society of Music- Pi Kappa Lambda.