Annie Zhou, Biography
Annie Zhou (Canada, born 1998) started learning the piano at age four. At five she was the youngest student of any discipline to be awarded a scholarship from the Royal Conservatory School. By age ten, Annie already won national first prize at the Canadian Music Competition for three consecutive years. At 13, she has performed duo with world-acclaimed pianist Lang Lang on CTV’s Canada AM, the Canadian breakfast television show in 2011.
Childhood and Youth of Zhou
Annie Zhou began her piano studies at the age of four with Tanya Tkachenko. At the ages of five and six, she was the youngest student of any discipline to be awarded a scholarship from the Royal Conservatory School. When she was eight, she made her orchestral debut. By age ten, Annie already won national first prize at the Canadian Music Competition for three consecutive years. She was a top winner at the Canadian Chopin Piano Competition (2010), and the grand winner at the CCC National Piano Competition (2011). Internationally, Annie was the youngest prize winner at both the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition (2011) and the Cooper International Piano Competition (2012). In August 2014, at age 16, she won first prize at the ninth Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists.
Annie Zhou is a full scholarship student at the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with Marietta Orlov. Annie had master classes or private lessons with Arie Vardi, Andrea Bonatta, Christopher Elton, Emanuel Ax, ohn Perry, Hamish Milne, John O'Conor, Jeffrey Siegel, Kirill Gerstein, Leon Fleisher, Marc Durand, Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ronan OHora, Sa Chen, and Yuja Wang.
Annie has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta, and the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia.
Annie has been on local and national TV and radio, including her duo with world-acclaimed pianist Lang Lang on CTV’s Canada AM in 2011, and her performances on CBC Radio One, CBC-Radio Canada, and Classical 96.3 FM. She was also on US and Switzerland radio, such as WCLV 104.9 FM Ohio and Radio Swiss Classic. As a chamber musician, she performed on WNED Classical 94.5 FM Buffalo. Recently, Annie has been selected by the CBC as a Next! Artist for the year of 2013, and featured two times on CBC's "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30" as one of the most promising young artists in Canada.
Commitments and Interests
Annie shared the stage with “The Tragically Hip”, one of Canada’s most successful and influential rock bands, at the Royal Occasion. She was videotaped for demonstration at the CFMTA-MTNA-RCM World Pedagogy Conference in 2007. Annie also performed in various benefit concerts, such as “Ivory Keys for Cancer” for the Canadian Cancer Society, the St. James Chancel Choir in Concert for helping needy children in developing countries, and the globally collaborated “Young Artists for Haiti” virtual concert for earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile.
In her spare time, she likes to read, draw, and she enjoys biking, skating, and skiing as well.
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