Recognized as an inquisitive and authentic musician, American modern pianist and fortepianist Angie Zhang is a unique 21st-century artist-teacher who has boldly expanded her creative footprint to encompass conducting from the keyboard and interdisciplinary collaborations. Growing up on both coasts of the U.S., first in Portland, OR and then in Princeton, NJ, Angie started her studies at The Juilliard School shortly after making her debut with orchestra at the age of ten under Grammy-nominated conductor, Niel DePonte. Since then, she has performed and been re-engaged with leading orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and Missouri Symphony Orchestra. She has also performed more intimate concerti by Mozart and Beethoven with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Oregon Symphony, and Juilliard Chamber Orchestra.
Praised as “warmly expressive, sensitive, and polished” as well as “a valuable advocate for classical music” by New York Concert Review, she has appeared in diverse venues including the Kennedy Center, LA County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Explorers Club. Angie combines a decorated performance career with a focus on teaching and bringing classical music to the intersection of various disciplines, and is one of a few concert pianists to win the Peter Mennin Prize for Outstanding Achievement and Leadership in Music.
As an educator, Angie is the youngest Juilliard student to hold concurrent teaching positions in the pre-college, college, and evening divisions during her studies. She is proud to be entering her sixth year as a teacher at the collegiate/university level and has a global private studio with curious students of all ages. Her pedagogical talent and passion have been acknowledged by multiple Juilliard faculty members for whom she was a teaching assistant, and she is a regular masterclass teacher and Artist-in-Residence who has appeared at festivals including pianoSonoma and Joye in Aiken. While at the Aspen Music Festival, her effective teaching and ability to connect with her students, including special needs children, reached the ears of the administration and she was handpicked to spearhead a new series of public masterclasses, which she gave to students in the PALS Program, serving the Roaring Fork Valley. She has also judged numerous competitions and applications, including for From The Top. Her bold and empathetic leadership efforts were recognized at Juilliard, as Chair of Student Council and one of twelve students selected for the Presidential Search Committee commissioned to appoint Joseph Polisi’s successor as President.
Angie has been invited by and worked with some of the world’s leading conductors and artists, most recently Anne-Marie McDermott, Jeffrey Kahane, Fabio Luisi, and Kirk Trevor. Her diverse and wide array of performance-ready repertoire, including solo, chamber, and concerti, as well as personable/communicative nature and undeniable stage presence has caught the eye of many presenters and organizers who have invited Angie for innovative recital offerings, fundraising efforts for organizations such as UNICEF and numerous international foundations, and documentary features such as in Treasures of New York: The Juilliard School on PBS.
Amidst a busy solo touring schedule in 2019, she also performed all the piano and cello works by Beethoven with cellist Zlatomir Fung in the historic Asolo Theater in Sarasota, presented by Young Concert Artists. She has also been invited to collaborate with internationally-acclaimed choreographers Aszure Barton and Kate Skarpetowska in performances glowingly reviewed by the New York Times. Major international prizes in competitions including the New York, Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU, Charles Wadsworth, and Aspen Music Festival Piano Concerto Competition have been awarded to Angie, who is a rare three-time winner of Juilliard’s Concerto Competition. A proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, she graduated with her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with honors from The Juilliard School and is currently a DMA (doctor of musical arts) candidate at University of Michigan, where she is concurrently pursuing a MM in fortepiano.