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NYC-based pianist and educator Fifi Zhang has performed in venues throughout New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theatre, Joyce Theater, Steinway Hall and the German Consulate, as well as concert halls in Finland, Spain, South Korea, and Poland. She has a keen interest in contemporary classical music and has worked closely with numerous composers, including Frederic Rzewski, John Harbison, Marjorie Merryman, Robert Sirota, and Gabriela Lena Frank. She also enjoys collaborating with dancers and has performed solo and chamber music with members of the New York City Ballet and Malpaso Dance Company.

At age eleven, Fifi made her debut with the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic playing the Saint-Saëns G minor concerto, as the national grand prize winner of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and is one of the few musicians to have won both the Junior (2008) and Senior (2010) divisions of the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) high school piano competition. In 2016, she was a finalist in the Juilliard Concerto Competition. Fifi has spent summers performing at Tanglewood Music Festival, the Banff Centre, Sarasota Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, and New Paltz Piano Summer.

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 has also received a performance diploma from Mannes School of Music. Her teachers have included Ursula Oppens, Pavlina Dokovska, Matti Raekallio, Julian Martin, and Marjorie Lee.

 

Fifi is currently a doctoral candidate at CUNY Graduate Center, where she is working on a critical examination of classical music performance through a phenomenological lens. As a recipient of the Graduate Center Fellowship, she is also on the music history faculty at Hunter College.

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