Nineteen-year-old pianist Andrew Zhao began his major public performances at the age of eleven performing the first movement of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1 with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. His most recent accomplishments include winning first place at the 2017 Yamaha USASU International Competition for young pianists, as well as the Conrad Bruderer First Place Piano Award and scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival and School, presented by the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego. Andrew also won 2nd place at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, and was selected as an official competitor of the Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition in 2016. He has won top prizes at other competitions, including second place and best etude prize at the 2012 Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, along with third place at the 2013 San Jose International Piano Competition, first place in the 2012 San Diego Symphony Young Artist Competition, first place at the 2012 MTAC Concerto Competition, and first place at the 2014 Glendale Piano Competition. In August 2016, he performed the first movement of Schumann’s Piano Concerto in Perugia, Italy with the resident orchestra of MusicFest Perugia.
Andrew currently attends Pomona College, where he studies piano with Professor Genevieve Lee. In San Diego, he has studied with Mrs. Inessa Litvin for six years. Andrew also studied at the Colburn Music Academy, an intensive pre-college division of the Colburn School in Los Angeles, from 2013 to 2016. In addition, he has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Robert McDonald, Arthur Greene, Jerome Lowenthal, Ilana Vered, John O’Conor, and Mikhail Petukhov.