Fifi Zhang, pianist, is originally from the Washington DC area. She began piano lessons at age six and made her debut with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic playing the Saint-Saens G minor concerto at age eleven, as the Grand Prize winner of their national concerto competition. She is one of a handful of musicians to have won both the Junior (2008) and Senior (2010) divisions of the national MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) high school competition.
Fifi has participated in the Maj Lind Piano Competition in Finland, Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Spain, Seoul International Music Competition in South Korea, and the International Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland. She has spent summers at the Banff Centre’s Piano Master Classes, Sarasota Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute Piano Program, and New Paltz Piano Summer, as well as performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and New York’s Steinway Hall.
An alumnus of the Columbia-Juilliard Exchange, Fifi holds a BA in History from Columbia University and an MM in Piano Performance from Juilliard. She also received a Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes School of Music. Former teachers include Marjorie Lee, Julian Martin, Matti Raekallio, and Pavlina Dokovska. Fifi is currently pursuing her doctorate at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center, as a student of Ursula Oppens. She also maintains her own private teaching studio in NYC, providing in-home and online piano lessons to students of all ages.