Biography

      Mo Zhao is an emerging young composer who enjoys writing for a variety of ensembles ranging from symphony orchestra to soprano with rock musicians. Her music has been performed in United States and United Kingdom. One of her most recent works, ¡°Fantasy and Dance,¡± was premiered by the award-winning Arneis String Quartet and was a selected for multiple performances including Boston Composers¡¯ Coalition Concert, TUTTI New Music Festival (with ETHEL), and the Hartford Women Composers Convention. Her works have been premiered in, among other venues, the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK), Tsai Performance Center, Belly Wine Bar, and Marsh Chapel. In addition, her musical collaboration with Chengdu Huaxi Hospital was featured on the Chengdu Business Journal in 2010. Her music has been presented and performed in educational outreach sessions¡ªone sponsored by the Boston-based Emmanuel Music another sponsored by Chengdu Huaxi Hospital (Sichuan Province, China). Mo Zhao currently studies composition at Boston University with Martin Amlin and piano with Linda Jiorle-Nagy. At Boston University, she enjoys regular commissions from professors and students alike. She has also been trained in composition and piano from institutions including San Francisco Conservatory of Music, London Royal College of Music, and La Schola Cantorum de Paris. Additional composition teachers include Narcis Bonet, Matthew King, Ketty Nez, Samuel Headrick, Alison Kay, Brett Abigaña and Elinor Armer. Starting in September 2015, she will be attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she will be studying with Matthew King.

         As an active performer, Mo Zhao has played in a broad range of occasions such as concert and recital halls, senior centers, churches, hospital, and musicals. She performs solo concerts annually¡ªincluding several presented by Sherman Clay Piano in Walnut Creek. She has performed in master classes with Joyce Davies, Frank Wiens, and Roy Bogas. Outside of the traditional classical repertoire, she is a performer who is dedicated in promoting music by living composers. In Spring 2015, she will present a concert program featuring piano music written by solely living composers. Her piano teachers include Edna Stern, Mack McCray, Linda Jiorle-Nagy and Tanya Heeb. In addition to classical music, she has also played in big bands and combos. She is currently the pianist for the Boston University Salsa and Latin Jazz Ensemble. As a member of wind, orchestral, and choral ensembles, she has performed under the baton of renowned conductors such as David Hill, Anne Howard Jones, Keith Lockhart, John Maltester, Robert Longfield, Brian Balmages, and Ranold Bass.

Mo Zhao, composer and pianist