A happy girl with multiple talents, 12-year-old Harmony Zhu has been featured three times on NBC’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBC News, NPR’s From the Top, as well as many other TV and radio shows for her exceptional gifts in piano, composition, and chess. In recognition of her “distinguished career in music” and “the high standard in artistic and professional achievements”, Harmony had the privilege of becoming the youngest “Young Steinway Artist” in history at age 10. Most recently, she was named a Fellow of the Artemisia Akademie at Yale University.
In January 2018, Harmony appeared in three concerts with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Leonard Slatkin. Last October, Harmony had the great honor of opening The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 118th season under the baton of Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Opening Night Gala Concert. She will also be performing in three concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in March.
In the spring of 2016, Harmony was invited by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra to be the Resident Artist of the Week, where she gave a televised recital for Sound Bites Concert “A Prodigy’s Journey” as well as guesting at “Consider This” – “What makes a Virtuoso” with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. Later in
October she was invited back to perform Beethoven Concerto No.1 with her own cadenza and Maestro George Stelluto. With a deep musical sensitivity far beyond her age, Harmony has distinguished herself by consistently winning first prizes in piano
competitions from an early age, competing within older age categories. Harmony started studying at Juilliard when she was 8, where she studies piano with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and composition with Dr. Ira Taxin. She won the Juilliard Pre-college
Concerto Competition at her first year in Juilliard.
As a chess prodigy, she has won numerous international chess tournaments and was awarded the title of Woman Candidate Master at the age of 7 and the title of World Champion of her age group after winning the World Youth Chess Championships.