Chengcheng Zhao was born in Dalian, China and began piano lessons at the age of five. At seventeen she went to Austria to study with Eugen Jakab at the Graz University of Music. In 2007 she received her master’s diploma with the unanimous vote of »with distinction« and a prize honouring her achievement from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research. In 2010 she was given a teaching position at the Graz University of Music. She acquired Austrian citizenship in 2015.
She was a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions such as the Giuliano Pecar International Piano Competition in Italy, the Austrian Chopin Competition for young pianists in Vienna, the Premio Amici della Musica in Udine, Italy, and the Gradus ad Parnassum competition in Austria.
Chengcheng Zhao has performed at various music festivals in Europe, South America, and Asia, including solo and chamber music performances at the Stefaniensaal and Minoritensaal in Graz, the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, and the Festival de Ushuaia in Argentina.
She has participated in a number of CD and radio productions for the Austrian National Broadcasting (ORF).