“She is a born performer… with brilliant techniques and poeticism”
– The New York Concert Review
” A Mighty Force with Magic Hands”
– The San Juan Daily Star
“Xuerong Zhao, brilliant pianist, crossed the world for piano…”
– The Berkshire Eagle
Pianist Kyra Xuerong Zhao holds an Artist Diploma in Piano Performance from Yale University and a Doctorate degree candidate, D.M.A in Piano Performance from Boston University, Ms. Zhao has brought her powerful sense of music passion to audiences around the world and is being universally lauded for her exciting and poetically lyrical performances.
Despite her youth, Ms. Zhao has already performed in many prestigious venues and has been invited to give recitals in many of the great concert halls in the world; including: 2010 Debut Recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City, which was presented by Columbia Promotion and the New York Eastern Chamber Orchestra. She was invited as a guest artist at the Music & More Festival in Massachusetts, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Mannes Year-Long Festival, San Juan International Piano Festival in Puerto Rico and the Lancaster International Piano Festival etc. She has performed as a soloist with the Claremont Chamber Symphony, Yale Symphony Orchestra, Mannes College Symphony Orchestra, The Orchestra Appassionata of Boston etc.
She was awarded the Young Steinway Artist by Steinway Society in Puerto Rico in 2018 and was interviewed by The San Juan Daily Stars newspaper. She also performed in many great halls including recitals in Horvitz Auditorium in Florida, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, the German Consulate in New York, the Polish Consulate in New York, The Steinway Concert Hall in Beijing and New York, Sprague Hall at Yale University, The Algonquin Club in Boston, the Tsai Performance Center in Boston, the National Concert Hall in Beijing and Guangzhou. Her performance was brilliant and was highly praised by the musical critics.
Ms. Zhao has dazzled critics and judges alike at international music competitions and has been awarded top prizes at solo competitions in the United States and Europe including: 2nd prize at the 14th International Chopin Piano Competition in Rome; 2nd prize at the Five Towns International Piano Competition in New York City; Winner of the Mannes College School of Music Concerto Competition (after which she performed the Concerto No.2 in f minor, by Fryderyk Chopin); Bronze Medal and Special Recognition for the “Best Performance of Chopin” at the Third Seattle International Piano Competition; and the 1st Prize Winner at The Richmond International Piano Competition in Boston in 2015.
Following her success in 2003 at the International Chopin Piano Competition in Rome, a DVD of her live recital concert was released by the Tiantian Arts Publishing House in China. As she is often the subject of many press requests, Ms. Zhao has granted interviews to newspapers in the US and China, including The Berkshire Eagle; The San Juan Daily Stars; Tsingtao Newspaper Qiao Bao Newspaper. Ms. Zhao was selected to perform for legendary pianist Martha Argerich.
As an educator, Ms.Zhao is also passionate about teaching. Besides her private piano studio. Ms. Zhao has been working as a teaching assistant both at Yale University and Boston University. She has been invited to give master classes and lectures in several cities since the summer of 2016. She strongly believes in young musician’s musical development and always feel that it is essential for students no matter what ages and levels get pleasure from their musical training and that discipline has to be combined with enjoyment and motivation. Kyra Xuerong Zhao is a faculty member at New England Conservatory Pre-college and School for Continuing Education. And a faculty member at Powers Music in Belmont. She was a faculty member at Boston University Tanglewood Institute for the Young artist vocal program. Ms.Zhao was invited to perform at the BUTI vocal concert and wind ensemble concert and at Seiji Ozawa Hall this summer.
Ms. Zhao was also a judge in several piano competitions.