Biography 简介

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PERFORMANCES & COMPETITION AWARDS

Pianist Yuting Zhou has been actively performing in different parts of the world. Notable venues she has concertized at include Carnegie Hall (US), Kostroma Philharmonic Hall (Russia), Hong Kong Cultural Centre, and Xinghai Concert Hall (China), and many more. Recently, Ms. Zhou was invited to perform at The International Schiller Institute Conference 2019 as well as Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall (US), Ehrbar Hall (Austria), Teatro Colón and the Beethoven Foundation Auditorium (Argentina). She received 15 major competition awards, including the  second prize at the WPTA Argentina International Piano Competition 2018, the First Prize, Best Liszt Interpretation Award and Best American Composer Interpretation Award at the Liszt-Garrison Festival & International Piano Competition (Baltimore), the first prize at “The Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music”Piano Competition (West Virginia), the American Fine Arts Festival International Concerto Competition (New Jersey), the MTNA Pennsylvania Competition (Pennsylvania), the Women’s Advisory Board Scholarship Competition (PA), the Duquesne Concerto Competition (PA), the J. Cornetti Tucci Piano Performance Award (PA), etc.

As part of a piano duo with Ukrainian-American pianist Anna Kovalevska, Kovalevska-Zhou won the first prize at the 15th United States International Duo Piano Competition (Colorado) and the Pittsburgh Concert Society Major Audition (Pennsylvania).

During high school before moving to the US, Ms. Zhou won the 15th Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, the Irmler Piano Competition held by the Consulate General of Germany in China, the Guangzhou Open Piano Competition, etc. These honors resulted in her appearance with the Kostroma Symphony Orchestra in Russia and Duquesne Symphony Orchestra in the US.

PRESS AND TEACHING 

Ms. Zhou has also appeared on several media platforms. Recent ones include the China Press New York, ABC News, WestView News, PeaceEver TV, Pittsburgh Classical Radio Station WQED – FM89.3, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the China Times, TouTiao, Guangzhou Daily, Hunan Daily, Guangdong Television, FM Ximalaya Radio, and several university presses in China and the US.

Every summer, Ms. Zhou is invited to perform in chamber music festivals in the US and universities in China. Highlights include the Sunflower Music Festival in Kansas, the Atlantic Music Festival and Bowdoin Music Festival in Maine. Recently, Ms. Zhou performed, gave lectures and master classes in multiple cities in China (Hunan Concert Hall, Guilin Performing Arts Grand Theater, Steinway Guangzhou, Steinway Beijing, Kindergarten of Chinese Academy of Sciences, South China University of Technology, University of Electronic Science, Guangxi Normal University, Technology and Guilin Tourism University, etc). In addition, she served as a jury member on the panel for the China division of International Franz Liszt Piano Competition as well as the 2018 Little Mozart International Piano Competition in New York.

Ms. Zhou also teaches music history and theory. She has prepared numerous students in different majors admitting into bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in the US. She also holds online lectures on multiple platforms in China.

EDUCATION: EARLY YEARS & CURRENT LIFE

A native of China, Ms. Zhou started learning music with her father at age 3 and a half. Later, she respectively studied with Professor Tan YinYing, Xiong Dao’er, Xian JinSong and Zuo Yin. After elementary school and middle school education at the Piano Star School in Guangzhou, she was accepted into the High School Affiliated to Xinghai Conservatory of Music, and studied with Professor Huijun Zeng.

She moved to the US after high school, and attended Duquesne University in Pittsburgh under merit and academic scholarship, where she studied with Professor Kenneth Burky and David Allen Wehr. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree with Magna cum Laude, Ms. Zhou moved to New York for her Master of Music program at Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dr. Joanne Polk. During the second year of her master’s degree, she was accepted into the doctoral program with a teaching fellowship at Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Zhou will finish her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music in 2020. She is currently the organist for Beulah Wesleyan Methodist Church in New York, the chair of Expert Panel of the International Exchange Center at Nanshan Conservatory of Music in China, and contracted pianist at Beijing Rhein International Art and Cultural Exchange Co., Guangzhou Shuren Education, and WeLike Culture & Arts Development Co.,Ltd Inc.


国际获奖钢琴家周雨婷,美国曼哈顿音乐学院音乐艺术博士(钢琴演奏专业D.M.A.),Dr. Joanne Polk教授私人助理,职业教堂管风琴师。 曾任美国曼哈顿音乐学院教学助理、杜肯大学交响与管乐团首席钢琴及乐理教师。现任山东省南山音乐学院国际交流中心“海外留学项目”特邀首席专家、北京莱音国际艺术文化中心签约教师、广州树人教育特邀钢琴家、及广州慧莱文化艺术发展有限公司艺人。

所获奖项

周雨婷于国内外多次获邀演出。近期演出有2019年席勒学会纽约国际会议,著名音乐厅有美国纽约卡内基音乐厅、考夫曼中心莫肯音乐厅,奥地利维也纳Ehrbar Hall,阿根廷布宜诺斯艾利斯的哥伦布剧院和贝多芬基金会礼堂等。周雨婷数年来多次获奖,近期获奖有2018年世界钢琴教师协会WPTA阿根廷赛区国际钢琴比赛第二名,李斯特加里森国际钢琴比赛第一名、最佳李斯特演奏奖和最佳美国作品演奏奖(马里兰州);美国国际艺术音乐节协奏曲比赛第一名(新泽西州);“爵士与古典交叉点”国际钢琴比赛第一名(西弗吉尼亚州);全美音乐教师协会MTNA宾州赛区第一名;本科校内的杜肯协奏曲比赛的第一名、J. Cornetti Tucci钢琴奖、音乐最高Women’s Advisory Board奖学金(宾夕法尼亚州),等。周雨婷本科出国前,高中期间荣获的重要奖项包括广东省琴星杯专业组第一名、广州公开赛第二名、德中同行-德国欧米勒钢琴公开赛组别第一名、香港-亚洲钢琴公开赛组别第一名等。

作为室内乐演奏者,周雨婷与乌克兰钢琴家Anna Kovalevska搭档双钢琴组,于美国国际双钢琴比赛(卡罗拉多州)及匹兹堡音乐会社团公开比赛(宾西法尼亚州)荣获第一名,并签约演出。每个暑假,周雨婷被应邀到美国不同音乐节演出室内乐及独奏作品,其中包括鲍登国际音乐节(缅因州)、亚特兰大音乐节(缅因州)、向日葵音乐节(肯萨斯州)、纽约IKIF音乐节,等。

所受教育

周雨婷由父亲启蒙音乐,4岁师从谭缨英教授。她6岁由桂林迁居广州,并入读广州琴星学校,期间分别师从国内著名钢琴教育家熊道儿、冼劲松和左因教授。高中考入星海音乐学院附中,师从曾慧君博士/教授。 高中毕业后赴美,师从 David Allen Wehr教授。2014年以极优等生Magna Cum Laude的专业及文化课成绩获得匹兹堡杜肯大学Duquesne University钢琴演奏本科学位 。随后她入读纽约曼哈顿音乐学院,师从Joanne Polk 博士/教授。在校她多次被录入优等生名单Dean’s List,并于2016年5月获得该校钢琴演奏硕士学位。 研二期间,她获得曼哈顿音乐学院博士录取通知书及助教职位,继续在本校深造。她将与2020年以DMA博士学位毕业。

 媒体报道

周雨婷的演出及事迹曾出现在国内外多种媒体形式上。近期包括华夏时报、今日头条、广州日报、湖南日报、广东电视台、喜马拉雅FM; 美国侨报,美国全国广播公司NBC News、美国广播公司ABC News、久安电视国际传媒集团、匹兹堡古典音乐电台WQED、匹兹堡市政邮报、及多个国内外高校杂志及报刊。周雨婷的演出足迹遍布亚美欧洲大陆。著名音乐厅包括纽约卡内基音乐厅、俄罗斯科斯特罗马爱乐音乐厅、广州星海音乐厅、湖南音乐厅、香港大会堂,及纽约各著名大教堂。她每个暑假定期活跃于亚美欧大陆间,于多个城市演出、教授大师课、担任比赛评委、及开展音乐学术交流讲座。她担任过李斯特国际青少年钢琴大赛中国湖南赛区决赛及纽约小莫扎特国际钢琴比赛评委。

作为教育者

作为青年教师,周雨婷近年来受邀于各高校及机构开展大师班及讲座,其中包括华南理工大学艺术学院、广西师范大学音乐学院、桂林旅游学院、广州施坦威等。周雨婷2010年赴美留学,同年受任匹兹堡杜肯大学辅导中心Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center的钢琴、音乐理论、视唱练耳的课后辅导老师。2011年起为各专业的在美中国留学生做英文文书修改及写作指导。2014年攻读曼哈顿音乐学院硕士学位,并先后受任布朗克斯音乐传承中心、小莫扎特钢琴公司钢琴及乐理老师。2016年考入本校博士并担任助教,给大学及研究生们授课(钢琴必修及选修课)。2017年起周雨婷专给音乐专业的华人学生们做赛前、课后及考学前辅导。辅导内容有钢琴、英文音乐文化课(西方音乐史及音乐理论)、音乐及报考类英文写作。学生们分布于中国、美国及欧洲,考生们从报考本科到博士,专业有钢琴、声乐、作曲、弦乐等。2017年起,周雨婷辅导音乐文化课及英文写作的考生们成功考上了美国曼哈顿音乐学院、曼妮斯音乐学院、北德克萨斯州大学等院校的本科、硕士及博士学位。作为网课教师,周雨婷展开了多样的课题在中国多个平台上播。