Margarida Lourenço

Born in 1998, Muzi Zhao began studying piano at the age of four under the tutelage of Young Zheng. He studied with Professor Gabriel Kwok from 2008 to 2016 at the Junior Music Program at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and with Prof. Alan Chow and Prof. James Giles at Northwestern University from 2016 to 2021. In 2021, he was accepted to Master of Music program in Piano at the Yale School of Music with a full scholarship, and is currently studying with Professor Boris Berman.

The awards Muzi won include 4th prize at the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition (2012), gold prize at the 14th Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia (2013), 1st prize at the Fourth Kawai Asian Piano Competition (2013), 5th prize at Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists (2014), 1st place at the Emilio del Rosario Concerto Competition, 3rd prize at the PianoArts North American Competition (2018), ACIM/Antena 2 prize at Obidos (2019), 2nd prize at the Brancaleoni International Online Piano Competition (2020), 3rd prize at the 2021 MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Young Artist Piano Competition and 2nd prize at the 2021 Weatherford College International Piano Competition. Recently, he was just awarded the 2021 Luminarts Classical Piano Fellowship from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

Recent musical activities include performances with the Torun Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Sichuan Philharmonic Orchestra as resident artist. As a solo artist, he has performed recitals at several venues including Chicago Arts Club, Galvin Recital Hall, Alkek Fine Arts Center, Shenzhen Concert Hall, Poli Theatre, and Carnegie Hall. Besides, he has worked with Dang Thai Son, Kevin Kenner, Rafal Blechacz, Daejin Kim, Boris Slutsky and Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń during summer festivals including Paderewski Piano Academy, Frost Chopin Academy, Mozarteum Summer Academy and Obidos International Piano Master Classes & Festivals.