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Minyi Zhang

Nationality: China

Age: 24

Stage: Semifinal


STAGE ONE - SELECTION: Schubert, Drei Klavierstücke, D.946; Rachmaninoff, Études-Tableaux Op. 39 No. 8; Schumann, Fantasy in C major, No. 17

SEMIFINAL: J. S. Bach Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828

Minyi Zhang, a Chinese-born pianist, attained both her Bachelor's and Master’s degrees at The Juilliard School, where she studied under the esteemed guidance of Jerome Lowenthal, Matti Raekallio, Joseph Kalichstein, and Julian Martin. Currently, she is immersed in the pursuit of her Doctoral degree at Stony Brook University, under the tutelage of Gilbert Kalish.

Born in Shenzhen, China, Minyi started her piano journey at the age of six, under the mentorship of Mei Xiao, Zhaoyi Dan, and Mingqiang Li.

Her performance career took flight shortly after she began her piano studies, with engagements in numerous cities in China, participation in commercial recordings, and a notable performance at the opening ceremony of the XXVI Summer Universiade in Shenzhen. At the age of 12, she made her concerto debut with Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2, following her triumph in both the Gold Prize and Grand Prize at the Third “Changjiang Cup” National Piano Tournament. She also secured the 1st prize thrice in the annual Shenzhen Piano Open Competition.

At the age of 15, Minyi relocated to the United States, attending Interlochen Arts Academy and studying with Thomas J. Lymenstull.

During her time at Interlochen, she was honored as the Edward P. Frohlich Piano Scholar and the George and Joyce Kempton Academy Piano Scholar. In addition to her academic pursuits, she actively participated in various summer festivals, including the Art of Piano, PianoTexas, RPPF, and the Pianofest in The Hamptons, engaging in masterclasses with world-renowned artists such as Richard Goode, Arie Vardi, Emanuel Ax, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

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