Angela Zhao, 14 years old, is a student of Ms. Chiu-Tze Lin; she began studying piano at the age of 5 with Ms. Irene Lu. Angela made her orchestral solo debut with the Ambler Symphony after winning the 2012 Elmer and Louis Menges Scholarship Competition. She also appeared as a piano soloist with the award-winning Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra. Angela has performed in masterclasses with Seymour Lipkin, Amy Young, Joseph Kalichstein, and Eduardus Halim. Her playing has been described as "so musical and heartwarming", "taking real ownership of the music and [her] interpretation of it", and having "great stage presence and command of the instrument."
A five-time first prize winner of the New Jersey Music Teachers Association Young Musicians Competition, Angela was also the NJ Junior Piano Division winner of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Performance Competition. This enabled her to be the NJ representitive to compete in the MTNA Eastern Conference Competition. As a result of winning Crescendo International Competition, the 2013 National Young Musicians Showcase Competition, and Cecilian Music Club, she has performed as a soloist in Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Weill Recital and Zankel Hall. Angela has also performed in the Crescent Concert Series Showcase and was a winner of the 2013 Steinway Society Scholarship Competition. She received distinction in the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music; her marks were the highest in the tri-state area. In addition, she has earned the Diploma of the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (DipABRSM).
Angela is a 9th grader at Biotechnology High School. She has shown a variety of interests including starring as a pianist on the television series "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" which was broadcasted across the U.S. to millions of viewers. She was also invited to attent a fundrasing event where she performed for Senator Richard Codey. Besides piano, Angela is an avid dancer. She is currently on the Dance Attitudes competition team in Marlboro, NJ.