A pianist with “impressive technical skill and innate musicality” (Unsuk Chin), Shaoai Ashley Zhang is an active musician and educator. A champion of contemporary music, Dr. Zhang has premiered dozens of new works and collaborated closely with composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson, and Unsuk Chin.
Dr. Zhang was Instructor of Piano at University of California San Diego, and currently presents recitals featuring both new and old piano repertoire. Recent engagements include appearances at Tanglewood Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, as well as concertos with Palimpsest Ensemble and UC San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Zhang is currently an Emerging Artist for the LA concert series Piano Spheres.