A dynamic and versatile pianist, Dean Zhang appears internationally in critically acclaimed performances. Dr. Zhang has been praised by The Miami Herald as “a powerful keyboard player” yet with a “smooth, fluid touch at the keyboard, bringing maximum expressiveness.” He won first place in the 2010 MTNA Young Artist Piano Performance Northwest Division Competition and was one of the six finalists in the National Division. He was also awarded first prize in the Snowy Range Piano Competition and was a semi-finalist in the Seattle International Piano Competition. Most recently, Dr. Zhang was featured as a soloist with the New World Symphony as a winner of the New World Symphony Concerto Competition. He has also performed concertos with the Shanghai University Symphony, the University of Wyoming Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra, where he was invited for two summers as Principal Keyboard. Dr. Zhang will also be featured as the harpsichord soloist in J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with the Omaha Chamber Music Society in June 2016.
In addition to his achievement in piano performance, Dr. Zhang is an outstanding organist and was featured in April 2015 as the organ soloist in Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 with the New World Symphony. He has also served as the principal organist and artist in residence at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Laramie, Wyoming, and United Methodist Church of Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
After two years of studying management science at Shanghai University, Dr. Zhang was granted a full scholarship at the University of Wyoming where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees as a student of Dr. Theresa Bogard. Under the tutelage of Paul Schenly and Kathryn Brown, he earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Zhang also studied extensively with Joela Jones, Principal Keyboard of The Cleveland Orchestra. He was a Piano Fellow with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where he performed on piano, organ, harpsichord, and synthesizer in weekly concerts in solo, chamber, and orchestral settings. Currently the Principal Keyboardist at the Omaha Symphony, Dr. Zhang is performing with the orchestra in more than 200 concerts and presentations during the 2015-2016 season. A devoted pedagogue, Dr. Zhang joined the piano faculty of the New England Music Camp in 2015 and has presented master classes at universities throughout the United States and China.