I am a professional pianist, having obtained my DipABRSM degree and performed both solo, duets and in concertos.
Born in Beijing, China, Kevin Zhu is an accomplished pianist who has been described as "outstanding", "prolific" and "talented". He moved to the UK at a young age and started to play the piano at 6 years old and has since given many performances both as a pianist and guitarist, in and out of school. He has obtained the DipABRSM degree and has since tutored students in music theory and performance. He is currently working on a qualification in Music Direction and Orchestral conducting. He is a young talented musician from a middle-class Chinese non-musician family and regards Lang Lang as one of his mentors. In a private interview at his former school, he stated that his maternal grandfather was a big influence to his gateway in music, he said: "At the time my maternal grandparents and mother was born, the times were rough under the Chinese revolution. Most families could not afford music tuition, and he [maternal grandfather] adored music and listened orchestral and piano solo music using a cassette recorder [now he has modern CD recorder]. It was at a very young age as an only child that I say on the couch next to my grandfather did I realize how powerful and colourful music is. This was my first step to becoming a professional musician." He was tutored by Rosie Cross, a private tutor based in Birmingham, and has extensive experience in Western Classical music and Eastern/Chinese Classical music. He is well known for his interpretations of well known works of Chinese Classical music in the Chinese culture which includes Colourful Clouds Chasing the Moon; Autumn Moon on a Calm River; Spring Dance; LiuYang River; Jasmine Flower (Mo Li Hua); The Mermaid Suite, and many others. As well as Kevin's pianistic experience, he has experience in chamber and choral music, having participated in the local choir for 4 years. Kevin is now based in Birmingham, UK, though he regularly goes to Manchester. Kevin also has a previous degree in chemistry, and follows the footpath of Carlo Kleiber and Alexander Borodin.
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