Gianne Zhu, M.M.

Born in Jiangsu, China, Gianne Ge Zhu began her study of piano at age five. In 2008, Ms. Zhu 

came to the United States to further her training at Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins 

University under the tutelage of Professor Yong Hi Moon. Currently she is a Doctor of 

Musical Arts Degree candidate at James Madison University (JMU). She also serves as the 

state music theory chair for the Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA). 

 

Gianne Zhu earned Master of Music degrees in Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, and Music 

Theory Pedagogy, at Peabody Conservatory in 2014. They reflect her interest and passion for 

teaching, in addition to her love for performance. Her research projects on piano teaching were 

selected to present at the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Piano Pedagogy 

Symposium at UT-Austin in 2018, and UNF in Jacksonville, FL in January 2017. Prior to her 

graduate study, she received, also at Peabody Conservatory, a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano 

performance. 

 

As an active pianist, Ms. Zhu has been performing in solo and chamber music, and has also 

engaged in intensive accompaniment in the U.S., China, Germany, Italy and Malta. Her recent 

solo performances included a solo performance at Kennedy Center in DC, a solo concert in 

Jiangsu, China and performing the Chopin First Piano Concerto with the James Madison 

University (JMU) Symphony Orchestra. She was a finalist of the 1st Brescia International 

Piano Competition (Italy), and won prizes in many competitions: 2019 Piano Competition of 

the Washington International Piano Festival, West Virginia International Piano Competition, 

JMU Concerto/Aria Competition, Virginia Music Teachers Association (VMTA) Piano 

Concerto Competition, VMTA Young Artist Piano Competition, and Baltimore Music Club 

Competition. She has also been active participating and performing at music festivals with 

scholarships, including Miami Music Festival, Malta International Piano Festival (Malta), 

Talent Music School (Italy), Orford Music Festival (Canada), Bowdoin Music Festival 

(Maine) and Brevard Music Festival (North Carolina). Ms. Zhu also performed in many master 

classes for Jeremy Denk, Pavel Gililov, Balázs Szokolay, Juan Lago, Albert Mamriev, James 

Giles, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. 

As an accompanist, Ms. Zhu has been collaborating with the flutist Guilherme Andreas 

recording an album featuring Brazilian Classical Music labeled by Fina Flor (Brazil). They 

have been invited to perform at Duke University (NC), Chicago, IL, Lancaster, PA, Jersey 

City, NJ, Whippany, NJ, and Harrisonburg, VA. Ms. Zhu also served as a staff accompanist for 

Ballet and Contemporary dance at JMU. In the summer of 2015, Ms. Zhu was invited to 

Freiberg, Germany, being awarded a full assistantship, for accompanying rehearsals for the 

operas at Freiberg and Döbeln Theaters as well as accompanying the Brahms Lieder Concert at 

the Schumann-Haus in Zwickau. 

In recognition of her academic and performance accomplishments, Ms. Zhu was awarded 

numerous scholarships and grants including the JMU Full Scholarship and Teaching 

Assistantship, JMU Research Grant, Susie Kim Scholarship, Peabody Career Development 

Grant, Peabody Merit and General Scholarships.