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Gilmore Young Artist - Harmony Zhu

About the Artist:

2024 Gilmore Young Artist Harmony Zhu began piano study at The Juilliard School at eight, with teachers including Emanuel Ax and Veda Kaplinsky.  She was recognized as a Young Steinway Artist at age ten, and made her debut at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium at age fourteen. She won the 2021 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, becoming the youngest artist on the YCA roster, and was also the youngest to be named one of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30” by CBC Music. She is a senior at the Brearley School in NYC.

Ms. Zhu has performed at festivals including the Ravinia Festival and Aspen Music Festival, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s From the Top, and major U.S. television networks including NBC's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Albany Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Illinois Philharmonic, Aspen Philharmonic, Hawaii Symphony, Peoria Symphony, and Amarillo Symphony, under conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

She stepped in with 24 hours’ notice to perform Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Illinois Philharmonic in 2022, substituting for the late maestro Alexander Toradze. She was praised by the Chicago Classical Review as having the “stellar technique and musical insight to have a major professional career.”

Ms. Zhu has been lauded as “a deeply musical soul and nimble technician [with] probing sensitivity” (Chicago Tribune), having “airtight technique [and] coruscating brilliance” (Chicago Classical Review), and “an impressive soloist, a sparkling and happy presence... unflappable” (Times Union). She is a world-champion chess player, and in her spare time enjoys visiting art museums, photography, reading, birdwatching, doodling, dancing, ping pong, badminton, and swimming.