"A pianist with great technique and high spirit."
- Chen Yi, Chinese-American composer
Jialiang Zhu is a native of China and currently calls Toronto, Canada her home. She completed her Bachelor in Piano Performance and Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy with Professor Marietta Orlov at the University of Toronto. She is continuing her studies at the University of Toronto, pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree under the tutelage of Professor Lydia Wong. Jialiang recently won the 2017 Gwendolyn Williams Koldofsky Prize in Accompanying.
Jialiang loves to collaborate with other artists. She is an alumna of both Banff Collaborative Piano Residency and Toronto Summer Music Festival. Jialiang’s passion for contemporary music has led her to collaborative projects such as: Tapestry New Opera Workshops; the FAWN opera production Herma’s Shepherd: Vision I at the Open Ear Festival of Art, Architecture, and Sound; and the Tapestry Opera/Canadian Stage co-production Noor over Afghan at the Festival of Ideas and Creation. Jialiang co-founded the Bedford Trio with violinist Alessia Disimino and cellist Andrew Ascenzo. Committed to bringing live music to the community, the Bedford Trio performs regularly in hospital in-patient units, community centres, retirement homes, and schools as part of their ongoing musicaloutreach initiatives. An alumnus of the Orford Music Academy, the Trio recently completed the Career Development Residency at Ottawa Chamberfest. The Trio is honoured to be named the inaugural piano trio for the Irene R. Miller Piano Trio Residency at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music for the 2018/19 season.
Jialiang finds equal inspiration in solo piano performance. She was the featured soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the York Chamber Ensemble. She was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition and a finalist in the 2017 Vancouver International Piano Competition. Mostly recently, Jialiang won the University of Toronto’s 2018 DMA Recital Competition and will perform in the Thursdays at Noon concert series in March 2019.
Jialiang is a passionate educator. Since 2012, she has taught private lessons and group classes in the U of T Piano Pedagogy Program. She regularly coaches undergraduate instrumental and vocal students to help prepare for recitals and juries. In summer 2014, Jialiang led workshops on visual art-inspired keyboard improvisation at the Yamaha Junior Original Concert Music Camp in Whistler, BC. Most recently in May 2018, she adjudicated the Chinese Compositions Group and Bach group in the Canadian International Music Competition. Jialiang also has a studio of private students.
In her spare time, Jialiang loves visiting musuems, galleries, enjoys hiking and watching documentary films.