Harmony Zhu

A happy girl with a big smile, Harmony Zhu is a prodigy with multiple talents and the youngest Young Steinway Artist in history. Harmony has been featured on CBC News, NPR’s From the Top, as well as NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show three times for her exceptional gifts in piano, composing, and chess.

Harmony is scheduled to perform as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin in February 2017. In 2016, Harmony was invited by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra to be the RAW, Resident Artist of the Week, featured on WCBU, WGLT and WMBD, and performed Beethoven Concerto No.1 as a soloist with Maestro George Stelluto. Harmony has captivated audience with her deep musical sensitivity far beyond her age and charismatic presence on stage. Earlier in May, she performed a televised recital in Peoria for Sound Bites Concert “A Prodigy’s Journey” with a live audience and guested at “Consider This” – “What makes a Virtuoso”. Harmony also performed as a soloist with the Juilliard orchestra during her first year of study at Juilliard.

Harmony is always the youngest one to be invited to give recitals and perform in music festivals. Last month, she was invited by The Forum to give two solo recitals at St. Thomas and St. John, Virgin Islands. In 2016, Harmony was invited to perform in two concerts at the Florida Concert Series. In 2015, 9 year old Harmony was invited to perform in three concerts at the International Chopin Festival in Poland. She is also a fellowship recipient of the Aspen Music Festival and was interviewed by the Aspen Public Radio. Recently Harmony has been featured in a music video produced by From the Top.

Over the years, Harmony has distinguished herself by consistently winning first prizes in piano competitions from older age categories. In the spring of 2015, Harmony won the Grand Prize at the VI Chopin International Competition in Connecticut. She set records in both being the youngest winner in history and earning the highest mark ever at 99.8, including four perfect scores from five judges. 8 year old Harmony won the Juilliard Pre-college Concerto Competition during her first year of study at Juilliard, as the youngest winner ever in the history of the competition. In 2012, 6 year old Harmony won the National First Place in the 7 year old category of the Canadian Music Competition, the most prestigious national music competition of Canada, and became the youngest winner in history. She went on to place the First in the 8 and 9 year old categories in 2013 and 2014 respectively, making her the only participant in history to consistently win the National First Place from older age categories 3 years in a row. Harmony was the first prize winner of “American Protégé” and “AADGT” and has been invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall three times before she was 7. In 2015, she had the privilege to be invited to open the International Festival “Passion of Music 2015” at the Carnegie Hall. Harmony is named one of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30”, as the youngest ever in history, a recognition of her uncommon accomplishments at a young age.

Harmony started studying at Juilliard when she was 8, under the tutelage of Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Chair of the Piano Department of Juilliard. She is also studying composition with Dr. Ira Taxin at Juilliard.

Harmony’s talents extend well beyond music. As a chess prodigy, she has won numerous trophies and medals in national and international chess tournaments. Harmony became the WORLD CHAMPION of her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships held in the United Arab Emirates in Dec 2013. She is also the North American Chess Champion of her age group and was awarded the title of Woman Candidate Master at the age of 7.