Dr. Yin Zheng
- Director, Global Summer Institute of Music
- Director of Keyboard Studies and Associate Professor of Piano, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Founder and Director, Global Summer Institute of Music @ VCU
Dr. Zheng has won first prizes in both the 28th Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition and the Empire State Piano Competition held in New York. In 2006, she was engaged for Mozart double and triple piano concerto performances with Nelita True in the prestigious Oriental Arts Center with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. Her chamber performance was recorded by La Radio Suisse Romande. In the summer of 2008, she was invited as the first pianist from the North America to perform at the Kirovohrad Spring Music Festival in Ukraine that carries a long history of featuring only Russian piano legends. She has earned a high reputation through performing guest artist recitals and teaching masterclasses at both US and international universities such as the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Michigan State University, SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music, Louisiana State University, Shanghai Normal University, Kasetsart and Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to name a few. Dr. Zheng is faculty-in-residence at the Lancaster International Piano Academy in Pennsylvania, the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg, and the Schlern International Music Festival in the Italian Alps.
Highly versatile, Dr. Zheng is an avid explorer for innovative art forms and creative cross-disciplinary collaborations: She has ventured into the third-stream by performing with jazz violinist supreme Regina Carter; She worked with acclaimed French-Canadian painter/filmmaker Jean Detheux synchronizing live acoustic performance and visual elements in seeking “Abstract Expressionism”. Their collaborative works have been presented at diverse film festivals and were featured at the 29th Annual New Music Festival organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. During March 2013, she led an innovative workshop integrating music, choreography, and Multimedia Design within a global cultural context at the Tasmeem International Conference for Arts and Design in Doha. She was involved in the recording of the experimental opera “Songs of the Fisherman” scored for tenor, ballet dancer, piano, percussion and string quartet. The opera was premiered in Amsterdam as part of the Grachtenfestival and the recording was released in the first quarter of 2014 under Albany Records. As part of her
guest solo recital at the Ewell Concert Series of College of William & Mary, Dr. Zheng received enthusiastic accolades for her world premiere performance of the solo piano work The moon is following us by Pulitzer Composition Prize finalist Lei Liang, professor and Chair of Composition at University of California San Diego. Highlights of her recent activities include a collaborative DVD project with Robert DiLutis, professor of clarinet at
the University of Maryland, her CD release of Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Mozart with award-winning Bin Huang on Italian Vermeer Label (NAXOS Direct), a concert debut tour in three different cities in Colombia, South America, as well as a lecture-recital and masterclass tour in Taiwan in May, 2017.