Artist Zhihua Hu
Composer & Pianist
Based in New York City
“An Amazing Talent” — The Skope Magazine Born in Shanghai in 1986, Zhihua Hu started to learn piano at the age of 5 and composition at 10. She enrolled in Shanghai Conservatory of Music Affiliated Middle School’s Composition Department in 1997 and studied under Dr. Erbo Deng and Dr. Weihao Qiang. She studied piano under pianist Xia Dong. Having achieved high grades in 2004 after being enrolled in Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she studied under the famous Chinese composer Gang Chen and Dr. Huang Lu and studied piano under pianist Yijie Niu. Then she continued her composition study in this school for her first Master of Music Degree.
During this time, she attended many concerts and music festivals. She received several honors, such as having her children’s chorus composition, I asked, being performed in Shanghai Concert Hall. In addition, her Chinese ensemble for traditional instruments, The Fantasy of West Lake, was selected in “Young Composers, New Compositions Concert” for Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. In 2007, two of her compositions, Soul of the Great Wall and Exploration, both won “San Carlo Cup” Excellent Small and Median Scale Piano Works Entry Award in 2007. In remembrance of the 80th anniversary of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, her composition Gemini was selected at New Music Concert and was performed in Shanghai Luting He Concert Hall. In 2012, she was invited to attend the 5th New Music Week in Shanghai and her chamber orchestra work, Mind Moves with Consciousness, was premiered by Holland “Ensemble Insomnio” and won “Excellent Sight-Reading Composition Award”. In the same year, she worked with conductor Guoyong Zhang and Shanghai Opera House Symphony Orchestra to premiere her piano concerto work Grace as the pianist. Besides studying composition and piano in Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she studied conducting and cello as her elective courses.
Ms. Hu was accepted by Manhattan School of Music in New York, U.S. in 2015 to continue her second Master of Music composition study. she was under the guidance of famous German composer Reiko Füting and Korean pianist Kayoung An. In 2016, Ms. Hu was invited to compose a theme song, Asia-Pacific Eagle, for “Asia-Pacific Lunar New Year Concert”, performed in Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. and took part as the accompanist. Also, she was invited to participate in United Nation’s “2016 ICCC International Student Design Competition Awards Ceremony and Concerts” and performed repertoires from classical Chinese and Western music with other musicians. On March 13rd, Ms. Hu was invited to be one of the conductors and arrangers for “Asian Cultural Symphony of The USA” in the Final of “2016 SUPERNOVA Singing Contest” at Queens Theater. In addition, she received invitations from “Cortona Sessions for New Music” and “International Music Festival of Adriatic” in Italy and invitation from “Zodiac Music Academy & Festival” in France and she went to Europe to present her solo and chamber works, such as Zodiac’s Celebration Day - for Flute and Clarinet in B-Flat, Three Memories of Teenage Years - for Ensembles Movement I: Silver Hair commissioned by Zodiac Trio, Ecology — for String Quartet commissioned by Semiosis Quartet, Modern Life — for Three Percussionists, and Two Paintings by Picasso — for Solo Alto Saxophone. On February 3rd, 2017, her new orchestra composition The Epitome of Musée du Louvre was premiered by Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of George Manahan who enjoys a high reputation in America who enjoys a high reputation in America. Zhihua Hu got her second Master Degree form Manhattan School of Music in May, 2017. In the same year, she received the invitation from Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA to rearrange several songs and perform piano in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. She performed with famous conductor Steven Fang Fei, famous Shanghai Singer Henry Huo Zun and Lin Bao, Suona master performer Yazhi Guo，and Peking Opera singer Li Jun, etc. On October 2017, she founded “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series" which she would dedicate it to be an important contemporary concert series in NYC. In May, 2017, as the producer and the artistic director, she organized the first “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert" — an Evening of New Solo & Chamber Works with famous German composer Reiko Füting and the artists from west and east in Chris Chapel Hall, Riverside Church in Manhattan. In the concert, she presented her composition Compression - for Solo Flute performed by Leia Slosberg. In March 2018, she held the second “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert — New Solo & Chamber Works with Electronics” with Chinese and Western Musicians in The National Opera Center/OPERA America, and she premiered her new ensemble work Three Memories of Teenage Years — for Ensembles Movement II: Nacht with Amber Evans (Soprano), Feifei Yang (Erhu/Vocal) and Jon Clancy (Percussion).
Ms. Hu’s Debut Album “Music of Zhihua Hu” was released in March of 2018. The album includes three chamber works and one symphony that she composed. As a pianist, she performed and recorded three solo & ensemble works. Every composition on this album has different style, from Classical Style, Contemporary Music, Avant-garde Gender to the Combination of Chinese and Western Style. In May 2018, the Album “Music of Zhihua Hu” won the “Global Music Awards” — Silver Metal Outstanding Achievement, including Three Awards: Composition/Composer, Instrumental/Instrumentalist, and Emerging Artist Awards.
On July 9th of 2018, Ms. Hu successfully debuted her “MUSIC OF ZHIHUA HU — An Evening of Ensemble and Piano Compositions” with a number of other well-known artists from different countries in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Her eight ensemble and piano compositions, composed in different years, were presented in the concert and most works featured her creative music theories and composing techniques: Chinese Nine Tone Scale, Compression Rhythm, and Cubism in Music.
On September 15th of 2018, Zhihua Hu was invited by Music Director & Conductor Steven Fang Fei to rearrange music for the orchestra again and perform with Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. As a pianist, she performed The Golden Steel-Smelting Furnace with Taiwanese violinist Pei-Wen Liao and Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA.
On March 12th of 2019, Zhihua Hu successfully led multi-national composers and performers to hold “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series III — New Solo, Duet and Ensemble Works” in Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center. In this concert, Ms. Hu presented her two new works Woman Who Wears Qipao Dress premiered by Feifei Yang (Erhu/Vocal), Chen Fan (Pipa), Wei Sun (Guzheng), Zhihua Hu herself (Piano) and Harmony - for Double Duets premiered by Duo SORE | YURE (Iván Solano, Clarinet in B-Flat/Vocal; Yui Sakagoshi, Alto Saxophone/Vocal). Besides, as a pianist, she performed Une Seconde Infinie - for Solo Piano composed by Iván Solano (Spain) and Track One: Intro - for Double Piano composed by James Diaz (Colombia) , collaborating with pianist Kaiwei Zhi. On March 17th, her composition Harmony - for Double Duets was performed again by Duo SORE | YURE in MISE-En_Place Bushwick. In March and April, Zhihua Hu were invited to be one of the judges for the Semi-Final and the Final of “The New York Stars Children’s Talent Show Debut”.
From April 2019, Zhihua Hu got more and more exciting opportunities to work with more excellent musicians and present her works in different venues. In April 12th, her chamber work Harmony - for Double Duets was premiered in Tokyo, Japan by Duo SORE | YURE again in Ryogoku Monten Hall. On May 17th, Ms. Hu premiered her new work Nine Tone Trio — for Two Players (Hichiriki & Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano) with famous American clarinetist and hichiriki performer Thomas Piercy. On October 25th, she will continue cooperate with Mr. Piercy to premiere her new duet work Autumn Wind - for Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano in Bargemusic, Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City.
On August 5th of 2019, Zhihua Hu successfully released her second CD “From China, Asia to the West”. The album is comprised of ten works that composer & pianist Zhihua Hu composed in recent years. The genre of this album is diverse. Most compositions on this album feature Ms. Hu's creative compositing techniques "Compression Rhythm" and "Chinese Nine Tone Scale”. As a pianist, Zhihua Hu had performed and recorded all the compositions with piano parts on this album. In the same month, the Album “From China, Asia to the West” won the “Global Music Awards” — Silver Metal Outstanding Achievement again, including Three Awards: Classical Avant-Garde, Album, and Composition/Composer Awards. This is the second time that Ms. Hu won the “Global Music Awards”. Additionally, in September 2019, the Album “From China, Asia to the West” was awarded as one of the “Top Ten Albums of Fall 2019” by “Global Music Awards”.
On September 6th of 2019, Zhihua Hu was invited by Music Director & Conductor Steven Fang Fei again to rearrange music for the orchestra and perform with Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center. As a pianist, she performed Peking Opera Morning Sun in Heart from Climbing Mountain Tiger with Peking Opera singer Li Jun and Asian Cultural Symphony of the USA in David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center .
Since November 2019, as the Composer & Assistant Conductor of Chinese Music Ensemble of New York , Zhihua Hu will have a lot of exciting concert events working and performing with CMENY, including Brooklyn Museum Chinese Evening Concert Event on November 2th and CMENY Community Concert on November 17th. CMENY will perform her Chinese Ensemble composition: Beautifully Decorated Se , Chinese and Western, The Fantasy of West Lake, Woman Who Wears Qipao Dress, etc.
As a composer and pianist, so far, Zhihua Hu and her music has been interviewed and reported by many major media at home and abroad, such like Xinhua News Agency, Sohu News, China Daily, Global Times, China Press, World Journal, Skope Magazine, New Music USA, Sino TV, Sino Vision, New York Lounge, Broadway World, I Care If You Listen, New York Chinese Radio Network, etc.
In addition, Zhihua Hu has given guidance in ABRSM and NYSSMA examinations for several years. She has given her three piano and music theory studio classes at the Recital Hall of Tian Song Musical Arts in the year of 2016, 2018, and 2019 which attracted a lot of students to attend in. Ms. Hu had also been invited to be one of the judges and performing artists for “Tian Song Musical Arts Music Competition Awards Ceremony & Winners Concert” in the year of 2018 and 2019. Zhihua Hu has been a piano and composition faculty at Tian Song Musical Arts since 2016. Meanwhile, she has been a piano and music theory faculty at Musipire New York Music School & Academy since 2017.