Beiliang Zhu won First Prize and the Audience Award at the XVIII International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2012, the first string player to have received this honor on a baroque instrument. She received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School in Historical Performance, studying baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai and viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham. She received her Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music Arts in violoncello, under the guidance of Steven Doane, and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School.
Hailed by The New York Times as a “particularly exciting” performer and The New Yorker as bringing “telling nuances” to her playing which is “elegant and sensual,” Beiliang has given solo recitals at the bach Festival Leipzig, Boston Early Music Festival, the Seoul Bach Festival, and the Helicon Foundation, among others. She has performed with internationally acclaimed artists including William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Monica Huggett, Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs and Alexander Weimann, and with ensembles as the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Juilliard Baroque, Philadelphia Orchestra, Trinity Wall Street Orchestra, and Musica Angelica, among many others.
Beiliang has performed as a section cellist position in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and has held the principal cellist position of Mercury Houston. Among her awards are the Arthur Foote Prize given by the Harvard Musical Association, Second Prize in the Holland America Music Society International Competition, Eastman Cello Concerto Competition, and the 2010 Henry I. Goldberg Young Artist Prize of the American Bach Soloists Academy. www.beiliangzhu.com