Xixi Zhou, currently resident in Boston, is pursuing his career as a pianist and music educator. He has held recitals in world class musical venues such as Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall in Boston, Seymour Centre in Sydney, Shanghai Concert Hall and Nanjing Culture and Arts Center. He also has appeared as soloist and chamber musicians presenting concerts in New York, Boston, Mississippi, Iowa and Louisiana. In addition, He has performed with numerous orchestras, such Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Shreveport Symphony and NEC Philharmonia.
Coming to United States and studying at New England Conservatory under Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen’s supervision after graduated from Shanghai Conservatory, Mr. Zhou is regarded as an outstanding pianist with great potential by many great musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Russell Sherman, Anton Kuerti, Leon Fleisher and Fou Ts’ong. As the winner of New England Conservatory Concerto competition, he performed in Jordan Hall with NEC Philharmonia and Yan Pascal Tortelier. His other awards include the prize winner of Widerman International Piano Competition, 3rd prize in the first piano contest of Shanghai Conservatory of Music; 1st prize in “Palatino” Composition and Performance Competition, and Excellent Performance Prize in the Piano Division of the China “Golden Bell” Music Award.
Moreover, Mr. Zhou is also an active in collaborative piano performance. He has accompanied for the studios of the world class artists and collaborated with the faculty members from New England Conservatory, Boston University and Boston Conservatory in their recitals. He is the staff accompanist at Boston Conservatory and NEC School of Continuing Education department, where he plays in the applied lessons, voice class and NEC Voice, a chamber choir group from the NEC Continuing Education department. He is also accompanying the youth choir groups from various programs at Handel and Haydn Society since 2013. In the Boston area community, Mr. Zhou has devoted his effort to the beneficent concerts and events such as the Music for Food Series held by Boston Asian Culture Center, non-profit organization. In 2012, he was invited as the distinguished pianist 2nd Beijing International Flute Festival.
Mr. Zhou has a large repertoire. A brilliant pianist, he possesses power tenselity and infection, as well as the ability of resonating with his audience. The great pianist Alfred Brendel remarked on his performance “not only shows incomparable technique, but also conveys his deep thoughts and expression of the music”. From the establishment of Artemisia Foundation, Mr. Zhou has been invited to hold series recitals of the foundation and perform in the benefit concerts across the states.
Mr. Zhou joined the faculty of the piano department at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA, where he devoted his passion of music to the young generations by teaching private piano lessons, coaching chamber groups and offering school-wide master classes for piano students. In addition, he held the piano master classes in Saint Andrews School in Jackson, MI and Nanjing University of the Arts in China.
M.M. and Graduate Diploma, New England Conservatory; M.M. and B.M. Shanghai Conservatory of Music