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Nick Zhou


Born in Tsingtao, China, in 1999, Tianlang (Nick) began his piano studies at the age of 6 with Professor Yao Wang.

Formal Education:
In 2011 he entered the China Central Conservatory of Music, Middle School, on a three-year scholarship, where he studied with Professor Shao Dan.

In 2014 he began studying at the Imola Piano Academy, in Italy, where an exception was made to their policy on the age of admission, by allowing him to join the Academy and study with Professor Vovka Ashkenazy. During this period Nick had many lessons with Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy.

In 2016 he moved to the UK to continue his studies with Professor John Byrne at the Wells Cathedral School on a full scholarship.

In 2018-2022 BMus studies, at the Royal College of Music on a full scholarship, with Professor Norma Fisher and graduated with distinction.

In 2022-2023 he is now completing his MMus studies at the Royal College of Music, on a scholarship, with Professor Norma Fisher.

2023-2024 offered a part-scholarship at the Royal College of Music for the prestigious Artist Diploma Programme, with Professor Norma Fisher.

Tianlang (Nick) has been invited to play at many international piano festivals and has also gained inspiration from lessons and masterclasses with musicians such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vanessa Latarche, Mitsuko Uchida, Vovka Ashkenazy, Boris Petrushansky, Imogen Cooper, Steven Hough, Ashley Wass, Gabriel Kwok, Graham Scott, Ian Jones and Tamas Ungar.

His (international) piano competition successes include:
2008 1st Prize Toyama Asian Teenager Music Competition
2009 1st Prize Shan Dong Piano Competition
2009 1st Prize Sylvia Gigue International Music Competition
2010 1st Prize China Steinway Piano Competition
2012 3rd Prize China ‘Xing Hai’ Competition
2012 1st Prize ‘The Next Langlang’ International Piano Competition
2013 1st Prize China Beijing Music Festival
2014 2nd Prize Italy Imola International Piano Competition.
2015 1st Prize China Beijing Golden Bell Piano Competition
2017 2nd Prize Taunton International Young Musician Festival
2017 1st Prize Wales Gregynog Young Pianist of the Year
2017 1st Prize Wells Cathedral School Concerto Competition
2017 4th Prize Manchester International Piano Concerto Competition
2022 1st Prize RCM Kendall Taylor Beethoven Piano Competition
2023 3rd Prize BPSE 30th Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition

He has performed across China and the UK, Italy, Poland and Austria. He has recently been invited to perform with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra and as a soloist at the Beijing Liszt Piano Festival, the Beijing International Music Festival, Imola International Piano Festival.

“Tianlang is an extraordinarily talented young pianist. I see in him an intensely musical young man who already has the formidable pianistic ability, and he is a person who is extremely intelligent and very much open to musical instruction. He should never leave the piano for the rest of his life.” —— Vladimir Ashkenazy

“He possesses a wonderful keyboard facility, allowing him to convey a compelling musicality in whatever he plays. I think the future will be a bright one for him.” —— Norma Fisher

“Tianlang Zhou is dedicated and sincere in his pursuit of music. He is a hardworking young man who is eager to learn. I strongly recommend Tianlang for admission to the Artist Diploma Programme at the RCM to continue his further musical studies, and I think he deserves the honour and support of a full scholarship.”—— Lang Lang

Performing on 25/02/2024

Nick Zhou
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