Seventeen-year-old pianist, Angela Zhao, is currently a student of Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone in the pre-college division of The Juilliard School of Music. She began studying piano at the age of five and had made her Carnegie Hall debut at the age of six. She has appeared as a soloist with the Ambler Symphony after winning the 2012 Elmer and Louis Menges Scholarship Competition and has also been a featured soloist with Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra and New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra. Angela has performed in masterclasses for Professor Joseph Kalichstein of The Juilliard School of Music, Professor Seymour Lipkin of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dr.Sylvia Wang of Northwestern University, Professor Eduardus Halim of New York University, internationally acclaimed duo pianists Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, and Professor Victor Rosenbaum of New England Conservatory. Her playing has been described as “so musical and heartwarming”, “having an excellent sense of breathing that supports the clarity of [her] musical ideas”, “taking real ownership of the music and [her] interpretation of it”, and having “great stage presence and command of the instrument.”
Angela has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in prestigious concert venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and The Juilliard School. She has won numerous local, state, national, and international competitions as well as scholarship competitions including The Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, Crescendo International Music Competition, E-Piano Junior International Competition, National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, Steinway Society Scholarship Competition, and Music Teachers National Association Performance Competition.
Angela has earned the Licentiate (LRSM) and the Diploma of the Associated Board (DipABRSM) of the Royal Schools of Music in London, UK. She has also starred as a pianist on the Emmy-award winning television series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” which broadcast across the United States to millions of viewers. Furthermore, she has participated in fundraising performances with United States politicians including US Representative Rush Holt and former NJ Senator & Governor Richard Codey.
Angela was the principal pianist of the Bravura Youth Orchestra. Aside from music, she is very active in volunteering, earning her the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award. She attends annual Easter Seals fundraising events and Relay for Life: American Cancer Society events, spreading awareness and sharing music to others. In 2013, Angela was presented as an Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient of Marlboro Township by Mayor Hornik. In the same year, she formed Concordia, a music group in Monmouth County that performs at local senior centers and nursing homes.
Angela is a junior at Biotechnology High School in Freehold, NJ where she is the President of Science Olympiad, Vice President of National History Day, and a member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society. She was the music director and pit orchestra conductor of her high school's musical production. Angela was also a finalist in the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) competition and hopes to continue to share her research with others.