Ting Zhou is currently a chairman in piano department of Middle School Affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music; Vice president of Shanghai Professional Piano Committee. He has been selected as YAMAHA Artist since 2016. He has toured extensively in China and appeared on the stage of major cultural events. Besides his performing career, Ting Zhou is also a sought-after instructor. His teaching is widely recognized as students have won major domestic and international piano competitions. One of his student has just won the 2nd prize at The 10th Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition For Young Pianists in Sept. 2016.
Ting Zhou was offered a full scholarship from Oberlin Conservatory in 1993, studying with Prof. Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein. After achieving his Bachelor’s degree in 1997, he was admitted to artist diploma program in Oberlin Conservatory. In 1999, he was awarded a graduate assistantship at the Peabody Conservatory, where he taught keyboard literature class. In 2001, he graduated with Master of Music at the Peabody Conservatory.
As a virtuoso pianist, Ting Zhou is a recipient of numerous prizes and honors in many places in the world. He was given the First Prize at the 6th Takahiro Sonoda International Piano Competition in Japan. He won the First Prize and a Grand Prize of Ivo Pogorelich at the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition in U.S.A. He has also won top prize in the First National Piano Competition in China. He was awarded the Rudolf Serkin Scholarship for excellence in piano performance. Because of his excellence in academic standing, he holds the distinction of being selected as a member in the music honor society of Pi Kappa Lambda both in 1997 and 2001.
Ting Zhou has played solo recitals in many countries, such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, U.S.A, Iceland, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout China mainland. He has also appeared as a soloist with the Poland Chamber Orchestra, Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Macau Symphony Orchestra. Beijing and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.
Moreover, Ting Zhou is a fine harpsichordist. He studied this instrument in early music department both at Oberlin and Peabody Conservatory. He has an extensive knowledge of the Renaissance and Baroque style and the performance practice on the music written in these two periods. As a harpsichordist, he has done extensive continuo playing and played with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra, the Prince William Symphony Orchestra and the George Mason Chamber Orchestra.