Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Cheng Zhi began piano lessons at the age of three and gave his first recital four years later in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, China. In 2006, he was awarded first prize in the Khabarovsk International Piano Competition in Khabarovsk, Russia. In 2004, he received a diploma at the International Young Pianists Chopin Competition in Moscow and first prize in International Chopin Piano Competition in Asia (Huabei region, China). In 2005 he performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op. 21 with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yu Feng in Shenzhen, Guangdong, and in the summer of 2009 he performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. In March 2014 he was interviewed by the WEOL Radio 930 AM as a special guest artist. In May 2014 He performed in the Oberlin commencement recital at Finney Chapel, OH. He has performed in masterclasses with Ricardo Castro, Christopher Elton, Kirill Gerstein, Nelita True, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Robert McDonald, Ilja Scheps, James Tocco, Tamas Ungar, Edward Auer, Joseph Banowetz, Simone Pedroni, and Arnold Steinhardt (chamber music) among others.
Mr. Zhi currently studies piano performance with Professor Ya-fei Chuang at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He completed the undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory in Piano Performance under Professor Robert Shannon. His previous instructors include Min Li, Xue-hua Yao, Yang Guan, and Professor Jun Yang .