Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou

New-York-based pianist Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou has been featured as the soloist in Barcelona Piano Academy Concert Series, Shanghai Concert Hall Matinee Concert Series, Mannes Sound Festival in New York, Siletz Bay Music Festival, Oregon, etc. She is the winner of the V BPA International Piano Award of Barcelona, engaged for 5 solo recitals across Spain. Her concert appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Carnegie Weil Concert Hall, Steinway and Son hall in New York City, Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C., Shanghai Concert Hall, National Library of Catalonia, Juventudes Musicales in Sevilla, and various house concerts around New York City.

 

Sophia is a highly sought-after collaborator, known for her versatility in different styles and ensembles. As the piano soloist in Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, she recorded and premiered contemporary pieces by composers such as Andrew Norman, Benjamin Broening, and Thomas Ades. She is an active collaborative pianist as well as a vocal coach in the metropolitan New York area, working with Brooklyn Art Song Society, Mannes Opera, Bare Opera, Classical lyrical Arts in Italy, and various voice studios. She is also at home with harpsichord and chamber organ continuo playing, frequently performing with Mannes Baroque Ensemble as well as Bach institute in Emmanuel Music, Boston.

 

Born and raised in Shanghai, Sophia graduated from Mannes College of Music (MM), Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM), Oberlin College of Arts and Science (BA in German literature), and the University of Vienna. She has worked with artists including Peter Serkin, Barry Douglas, Leslie Howard, Karl-Heinz Kaemmerling, Bernd Goetzke (Hannover Hochschuler fuer Musik), Hortense Cartier-Bresson (CNSM in Paris), Albert Attenelle (Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona), and Christopher Elton (Royal Academy of Music in London).

 

Sophia is currently a collaborative piano fellow in Bard College-Conservatory of Music, working with acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and pianist/ coach Kayo Iwama in the Graduate Vocal Arts Program. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, listening to French chansons, and working on a two-year translation project of Jan Swafford’s Brahms biography from English to Chinese (expected to publish date: 2020).