Chengcheng Zhao

The Chinese-Austrian pianist Chengcheng Zhao was born in Dalian, China. She received her first piano lesson at the age of five. At seventeen she went to Austria to study with Eugen Jakab at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In 2007 she was awarded the highest honors in Concert Diplomate with a unanimous board decision and received a recognition award from the Ministry of Education of Austria.

During her studies she was awarded the Martha-Debelli scholarship, the Bösendorfer scholarship, the scholarship of city Graz and the scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin “Live Music Now” Foundation. She was a prizewinner at numerous national and international competitions such as the Giuliano Pecar International Piano Competition in Italy and the Gradus ad Parnassum competition in Austria.

She is the co-founder of the piano trio “Trio Alba” during her studies of chamber music under Chia Chou in Graz. Today, the trio is firmly established in the international scene of chamber music.

Chengcheng Zhao regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician at some of the major venues and festivals across five continents, including Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Konzerthaus Berlin, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Chamberfest Ottawa, Festival Música Clásica de Bogotá, Schleswig-Holstein Festival and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival in Germany and Quincena Musical in Spain.

She has participated in a number of radio productions for the Austrian National Broadcasting (ORF) and produced with the Trio Alba four CDs under the German classics label “Musikproduktion Dabringhaus und Grimm” (MDG), containing the piano trios by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Joseph Marx, Franz Schubert, Bedrich Smetana and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Since 2010 she has been teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz.