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
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.