Born in 1995, Malaysian pianist, Hao Zi YOH began her music studies at the age of 3. By the age of 12, she had already performed at Carnegie Hall as a gold medallist of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition. In the same year she also performed her own composition “Bustling City and Peaceful Suburb”, representing Malaysia at the Yamaha Asia Pacific Junior Original Concert (APJOC) 2007. She has appeared as soloist performing in festivals around Europe, USA, China, Japan and Malaysia.
Described as a young artist with a great sensitivity to tone colour (PianoNews), Hao Zi has won top prizes in many international piano competitions, including the RNCM James Mottram International Piano Competition (Manchester, England 2012) where she performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic under the baton of Hannu Lintu. She also appeared at the Corpus Palma Festival with the Baleares Symphony Orchestra under conductor Pablo Mielgo and performed concert tours in Spain. Recent success includes being a finalist in the Royal Overseas League Competition, where she was awarded the Philip Crawshaw Memorial Prize for an Outstanding Musician from Overseas.
As a musician, Hao Zi is very interested in playing with sound colours and opening new dimensions through sounds: her MMus Project 2016 involved collaboration with percussionist Daniel Gonzalez to create a version of Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit for Piano and Percussion. In her interpretation of “A Distant Voice of the Rainforest” by Malaysian pianist composer Chong Lim Ng (also her former teacher), she included improvised extended piano techniques as well as ethnic singing into the piece to draw the audience into the soundworld of a rainforest.
Besides, Hao Zi also active in many creative outreach projects led by the Open Academy for children and elderly with Dementia and performed in Music for Moment Concerts at the Wigmore Hall. Recently she collaborated with author and illustrator David Litchfield and improvised to his storytelling of award winning book “The Bear and the Piano”.
After completing her undergraduate studies in Germany under Prof. Elza Kolodin, she has been studying with Prof. Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music since 2014. Currently on the Professional Diploma course, Hao Zi is most generously supported by the Lynn Foundation, Constance Bastard Memorial Scholarship and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.