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Shengyuan Zhou

        Yes, listening to music is fun, but the world of music is so sublime that there is no better way to explore it other than learning how to play the music with your own fingers.

        At Golden Key Piano Studio, we offer one-on-one piano lessons to music lovers who want to experience the world of music with their own hands. We welcome students of all ages and the only requirement is the passion to learn.

       Lessons take place weekly at a time that is agreed upon by both teacher and student and each lesson is tailored to the goals of the student so they can grow their individual talent and artistry.

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      In 2010, Ms. Zheng was successfully accepted by Arizona State University School of Music as a piano performance major undergraduate awarded with full scholarship, studied with renowned pianist and artist teacher Robert Hamilton. As a student at ASU, she performed frequently as collaborative pianist in addition to solo appearances.  In August of 2011, she was chosen piano winner in the school-wide Concert of Soloists competition, and selected to perform the Liszt Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat Major at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. In addition to that, she had master classes with famous musicians, including Jerome Lowenthal, Jeremy Denk, and etc.

       Born in Guangzhou, China, Mr. Shengyuan Zhou immigrated to America with his family at age 15 and started his career as a professional concert pianist. Over the next few years, he received a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the guidance of Professor Yoshikazu Nagai. He also completed his Master degree in Piano Chamber Music and Accompanying from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Professor Brian Connelly. During his master study at Rice University, Mr. Zhou also studied piano technology with Dr. Dean Shank, R.P.T, the head piano technician of the music school.

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      As a chamber music pianist, Mr. Zhou frequently performed in collaborative environments----from accompanying soloists, performing in a small piano trio, all the way to performing a piano concerto with a full scale orchestra. Mr. Zhou’s professionalism is respected by all his colleagues. “Always comes to rehearsals more prepared than anybody else....” said by many of his professional musician friends. “When all hell breaks loose, we can count on him...” said by many soloists accompanied by Mr. Zhou.

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Qianyao Zheng

       Ms. Zheng graduated from Arizona State University School of Music as a “Distinguished graduate student” in 2014 and earned her master degree of piano performance at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in 2016, under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Roux. During her graduate degree study at Rice University, Ms. Zheng has successfully held two-degree recitals and was chosen as one of the finalists in the school-wide concerto competition. In addition to that, Ms. Zheng showed her great passion and enthusiasm in teaching during her study at Rice University. She was also hired by the Yamaha Authorized Music School as one of the piano instructors during her study at Rice University.

       As a concert pianist, Mr. Zhou won the gold medal in Guangzhou Young Pianist Competition in Guangzhou, China, and scored second prize in Henry and Carol Piano Competition in California. He performed in many places in United States such as Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall, Osher Salon, Scottish Rite Masonic Theatre, Herbst Theatre, Cypresswood United Methodist Church and Duncan Recital Hall. With his dazzling technique, heartfelt expression, relentless pursuit for perfection and calmness under pressure, Mr. Zhou’s faithful yet innovative interpretation of classical music was praised by a wide range of audiences.

Lesson Fee:  30 minutes - $40

                     45 minutes - $55

                     60 minutes - $70


      As a piano teacher, Mr. Zhou has more than a decade of teaching experience with music lovers from age 4 to 84. He navigates gracefully through modern and classic lesson materials and makes sure his students learn the art of piano playing in the most efficient manner. Mr. Zhou’s focus on musicality and technicality during teaching is unsurpassed. He has very high standards for his students, yet conducts lessons in a friendly and humorous manner knowing that artistry grows best in a supportive environment.

****If our studio location is not ideal for you, we can refer you to one of our associate teachers across the city. Associate teachers  may have different rates and lesson policies.

 
****A good student discount of $10 off   per lesson will be granted to students that finish weekly practice and assignment with good quality!

      Qianyao Zheng, born in China and started to play the piano at the age of four. At the age of thirteen, Ms. Zheng enrolled in the Secondary School of Shenyang Conservatory in China, where she consistently ranked at the top of the class and rewarded with top scholarship annually. Besides that, she has won several important prizes, including 2nd Prize in the thirteenth Oberlin International Competition, and 5th Prize in the fourteenth Hong Kong/Asia Open Piano Competition. She was also selected to perform in the master classes of some world-class pianists, including Sergei Babayan, Pascal Roge and Arie Verdi.

      In 2012 and 2013, she attended New Paltz Piano Summer Festival at New York State, where she had master classes with noted musicians as well. In addition to her solo performances, she also studied chamber music and involved in different kind of ensembles. Ms. Qianyao played Schumann Piano Quintet and Stanford Piano Quintet with her colleagues and got coaching from Bretano String Quartet in 2012 and St. Lawrence Quartet in 2013. She also joined the Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble during junior year and premiered pieces written by several contemporary composers as well. Besides that, she accompanied with different solo instruments and voice class for non-majors and has taken several piano pedagogy courses during her undergraduate studies. She has experiences in teaching both private lessons, group class and music theory.

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      Lastly, as a piano technician, Mr. Zhou is employed by Rice University Shepherd School of Music to maintain and improve its fleet of practice and concert pianos such as Steinway & Sons, Yamaha, Kawai, Boston etc. From this valuable and rare opportunity, Mr. Zhou has gained a great deal of experience in the field of piano technology. As an accomplished pianist, Mr. Zhou knows what the pianists want from their pianos, thus delivering precise work for the client. And as a piano technician, Mr. Zhou knows how to utilize the piano best for the creation of wonderful music.....