Artist Zhihua Hu
Composer & Pianist
Based in New York
Born in Shanghai in 1986, she 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 Lv and studied piano under pianist Yijie Niu. Then she continued her composition study in this school for 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 Great Wall” and “Exploration”, both won “San Carlo” Excellent 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.
She was accepted by Manhattan School of Music in New York, U.S. in 2015 to continue her Master of Music composition study. she was under the guidance of Prof. Reiko Füting and pianist Kayoung An. In 2016, she 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. In 2016, 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 perform her chamber works, such as “Zodiac’s Celebration Day” (for flute and B-flat Clarinet), 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 flute and B-flat Clarinet). On Febuary 3rd 2017, her new orchestra composition “The Epitome of Musée du Louvre” was performed by Manhattan Symphony and it was conducted by George Manahan who enjoys a high reputation in America. She got the 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 perform piano in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. She performed with famous Shanghainese Singer Lin Bao, conductor Fei Fang and Suona Master Yazhi Guo. Also, she founded “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert Series" which she would dedicate it to be contemporary concert series in NYC. In May, 2017, as an art director, she organized the first “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert"— an evening of new solo & chamber works with famous German composer Reiko Füting and artists from west and east in Chris Chapel Hall, Riverside Church in Manhattan. In March 2018, she held the second “THROUGH THE NOISE Contemporary Concert" with Chinese and Western Musicians in OPERA America, and she performed her new ensemble composition “Nacht”. In July 9th 2018, she will hold her personal composition and piano concert in Carnegie Hall.
Besides her dedications and efforts on her major composition and piano, she teaches in Tian Song Musical Arts since 2016. She teaches piano performance, music theory and aural skill. Also, she gives guidance in ABRSM and NYSMMA piano examinations. Besides, She held her piano mater class in the recital hall of Tian Song Musical Arts in 2016.