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Benjamin Zhao

Benjamin discovered his passion for music under the instruction of Grace Junghee Yang at the age of five. Ben’s musical development has thrived under the instruction of multiple excellent teachers. He has been studying most recently with Prof. Rita Shklar who has shaped his understanding of classical music and repertoire. Since then, he has won many piano competitions at the state, tri-state, and international levels. 

Ben is a five-year winner of the Golden Key Festival and performed at Carnegie’s Weill recital Hall. At the local level, he earned his six-year High Honors Award at the NJMTA Spring Audition. Ben is a scholarship winner of 3rd place in the prestigious Steinway Society Society Classical Competition and performed at Lawrenceville, NJ in the spring of 2016. 

Ben has developed his online performance presence through winning 2nd Place for Great Composers Competition’s Best Prokofiev Performance and Best Bach Performance as well as 1st Place for Music of the 19th Century in May 2020.

Most recently he has performed at a Princeton Symphony Orchestra Bravo master class for world-class musician Natasha Paremski. This experience was extremely enlightening for him and he also enjoyed tickets to attend her concerto  performance in Princeton.

Ben has also used his musical talents to serve his community as he has been serving at his Church as an accompanist for two years.

While not playing piano, Ben enjoys listening to Queen and playing tennis.

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