Sixteen-year-old pianist Andrew Zhao began his public performances at the age of eleven performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ken-David Masur. His most recent accomplishments include first place at the 2017 Yamaha USASU International Competition for Young Pianists, as well as the Conrad Bruderer First Place Piano Award presented by the Musical Merit Foundation of Greater San Diego. Andrew was also one of the 22 official competitors of the quadrennial Gina Bachauer International Young Artists Competition in 2016, and won the silver medal at the 2015 Virginia Waring International Piano Competition in Palm Springs, CA. Andrew’s public solo appearances include performances in Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York City; the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles; and Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego, CA.
Andrew currently studies in San Diego, CA with Mrs. Inessa Litvin. He has also studied at the Colburn Music Academy, the pre-college division of the Colburn School in Los Angeles. In addition, he has participated in masterclasses with such artists as Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Ilana Vered, and Jerome Lowenthal.