The 'outstanding young Chinese-American pianist' Jessica Zhu received warm praise for her Wigmore Hall debut... in December 2011.
Winning the First Prize at the 2011 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and the Audience Prize at the Sussex International Piano Competition the year before, Jessica Zhu has received numerous invitations for concerto performances. Most recently she has appeared with the Croydon Symphony Orchestra at the Fairfield Hall in an electrifying performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, and with the Finchley Chamber Orchestra in Mozart's Concerto in D minor, K466, after which the audience demanded an encore. She has received further invitations to perform Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor under Darrell Davison.
Jessica made her orchestral debut in 2006 as a student of Nancy Weems at the University of Houston, when she played Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Houston Symphony. She has since performed with many orchestras in America including the Clear Lake Symphony, the Irving Symphony in Dallas, Fort Worth Civic Symphony, the Houston Civic Symphony.
In 2009 Jessica was awarded the highly coveted Marshall Scholarship, one of just forty awards given annually to all disciplines in American academic and arts institutions for two years study in the UK at post-graduate level. She took up a Masters programme at the the Guildhall School of Music & Dramas, studying with Joan Havill, and graduated with distinction. She is now on a Fellowship at the Guildhall studying with Paul Roberts and Ronan O'Hora.
Believing in using music to reach and educate audiences without easy access to the arts, Jessica is on the LiveMusicNow young artist scheme, performing in hospitals, elderly homes, and special education schools throughout the UK.