Piano Residency Brings Wealth of Talent and Perspective

The MSU College of Music welcomes back Zhe Tang, world-renowned pianist and professor from the Shanghai Conservatory.

During his one-day visit in January of 2015, Zhe Tang, professor of music and vice dean at the Shanghai Conservatory, conducted master classes for piano students.

Zhe Tang graces the MSU campus and classrooms of the music building for three weeks, Thursdays and Fridays through Jan. 29, 2016.

The plans for this encore visit of the Vice Dean from the Shanghai Conservatory were put in motion shortly after his 2015 visit. The Piano Area immediately invited him to return in 2016. This visit is coordinated by Zhihua Tang, head of Collaborative Piano at MSU and long time friend of Zhe Tang. She recalls the impact of his inaugural visit last year. “He was remarkable, says Zhihua Tang. Our students were very engaged, and benefited highly from his teaching and perspective during master classes that day. We are excited to bring him back.”

“It was clear from last year’s wonderful master class that one day was not enough,” says Deborah Moriarty, MSU professor and chair of the piano area. We are very excited that he agreed to return as a Visiting Professor this year for an extended stay. The Piano Area looks forward to our continued collaborations with the Shanghai Conservatory.”

Born in China, Zhe Tang entered the Shanghai Conservatory at the age of 12, and continued his studies in the U.S. at the Eastman School of Music. Returning to China, he became one of the youngest piano professors at the Shanghai Conservatory in 2003, and was later appointed to prominent leadership, teaching, and research positions. He is the recipient of numerous international awards and prizes, and is a frequent soloist and collaborator with prominent orchestras and conductors, including the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony.

For more, see the full bio of Zhe Tang

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