Both praised as “warmly expressive, sensitive and polished” as well as “a valuable advocate for classical music” by New York Concert Review, American pianist and fortepianist Angie Zhang combines a decorated performance career with a focus on arts activism to create maximum impact with her music. For her efforts, she has received praise from the Columbia Tribune, Westchester Magazine, and Voce Di Meche, among other outlets.
As an artist always looking to push boundaries, Ms. Zhang celebrated her harpsichord and fortepiano debuts at pianoSonoma and conducting debut at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra. The beginning of her professional career started no less auspiciously, with her solo debut under Grammy-nominated conductor Niel DePonte at the age of 10. She has performed nearly two dozen solo concerti with groups such as the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Juilliard Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, among many others, including concerto engagements with UNICEF and musicians of the Met Opera Orchestra and Oregon Symphony. A rare three-time winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition, her engagements have resulted in many performance opportunities, including recitals in the Sarasota Opera House, NYC’s Temple Emanu-El, and an hour-long feature in the Los Angeles classical radio show “Sundays Live” at LACMA. This summer, engagements included appointments as Senior Artist-in-Residence at pianoSonoma Festival in Boston and Sonoma, as well as being chosen as one of two piano fellows at the Bravo! Vail Festival, where she performed numerous concerts in hospitals and various performance venues. In September, she performed at Tippet Rise Art Center in Montana alongside Anne-Marie McDermott.
Outside of her traditional appearances as a performer, Zhang’s career revolves around increasing music accessibility for all. While she enjoys appearances in the world’s most decorated venues like The Kennedy Center and The Harvard Club, Zhang equally seeks out performances in art museums, orphanages, hospices, and nursing homes. Always seeking new ways to engage audiences, she has performed dozens of multi-disciplinary performances in New York City with Juilliard actors and dancers to audiences in these nontraditional venues, and has performed longer original works in collaboration with dance choreographers Aszure Barton and Kate Skarpetowska.
As an educator, Ms. Zhang has the distinction of being the youngest Juilliard student ever to hold teaching fellowships and assistantships concurrently in the pre-college, college, and evening divisions. Outside Juilliard, she has served as teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and School for three years, is featured on numerous edX episodes on piano playing, appears in several documentaries aired on PBS, and maintains a private studio ranging from pre-college to adult students. She currently teaches college division classes at Juilliard and works for From The Top.
Recognizing the equal importance of off-stage activism, Ms. Zhang has taken the mantle as one of the most active leaders in the Juilliard community, including as leader of community philanthropy venture CandyGrams which raises scholarship funds. She has led the Juilliard community as Chair of Student Council, Student Ambassador, writer and photographer for the Juilliard Journal, and as one of twelve students chosen for the Presidential Search Committee to choose Joseph Polisi’s successor as Juilliard’s Dean. Zhang is also the proud founder of the Lila Acheson Library monthly newsletter, which disseminates book recommendations, staff portraits, new library acquisitions, and more to the Juilliard student body.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Ms. Zhang was a Kovner Fellow and holds a Bachelor and Master of Music from The Juilliard School, which she received with Academic Honors. She is a proud Yamaha Young Performing Artist Grand Prize Winner.