Performance Highlights

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Violinist Caroline Goulding premiered Zhou’s Violin Concerto “The Infinite Dance” with Stewart Robertson and the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in Florida. The virtuosic 25-minute work (an ACO commission underwritten by the Rappaport Foundation) received standing ovations in all 4 performances and a rave review from Palm Beach Arts Paper, which called it “Masterful new concerto…The effect was magical…This is new music I’d love to hear again and again. It is a minor masterpiece.”



The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra commissioned Zhou Tian for a Concerto for Orchestra to be premiered under music director Louis Langrée in the orchestra's 2015-16 season finale. More



Asheville Symphony (NC) under music director Daniel Meyer performs Zhou’s A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (Jeremy Denk), and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 in a program that "inspired by the beauty of the Earth, and how the special qualities of nature inspired composers to create works of unique beauty."


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GRAMMY-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux and students of the Curtis Institute perform Zhou’s Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs in a special concert hosted by NPR’s Fred Child. The performance and interview will be broadcast on America’s most popular classical music radio program Performance Today


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The Atlantic Classical Orchestra commissioned Zhou for a new violin concerto to be premiered by violinist Caroline Goulding and the orchestra’s artistic director Stewart Robertson in 2015. Program. Press.



Renowned music ensemble the Empire Brass premieres Zhou’s Night-Shining White at Colgate University


The Grammy®-nominated Eroica Trio performs Zhou’s Trio in New York, Florida and Georgia



Zhou has been commissioned by award-winning flutist Mimi Stillman and Dolce Suono Ensemble for a new work to be premiered in 2015. Supported by National Endowment for the Arts.


Zhou has been commissioned by New York Society For New Music for a new work to be premiered in the 2014-15 season.


EmpireBrass1Zhou has been commissioned for a new work to be premiered by Empire Brass in 2014. The award-winning ensemble enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire.



The Cincinnati Symphony premieres Zhou Tian's Poem from a Vanished Time, a CSO commission. Cincinnati Enquirer wrote "one of the most creative – and most enjoyable – concerts heard at Music Hall this season…Zhou, 30, was present to receive the crowd’s warm applause."


PBS broadcast of the premiere

Curtis On Tour, featuring acclaimed violinist Soovin Kim, violist Roberto Díaz, Guitarist Jason Vieaux, and cellist John-Henry Crawford, performs Zhou Tian's Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs (a Curtis commission) in the ensemble's first Latin America Tour. Selected cities: San José, Costa Rica, Morelia, Mexico, São Paulo, Brazil.


The Great Wall quartet won Best Instrumental Performance; nominated for the Best Classical Album at the 2013 “Taiwan Grammy” – Taiwan Golden Melody Awards. The recording, released by ArchiMusic, includes Zhou Tian's String Quartet No. 2 "The Great Wall," written for the ensemble, and Schubert's String Quartet No. 14 "Der Tod und das Madchen"

Award-winning Dover Quartet performs Zhou’s String Quartets No. 1 and No. 2 at Colgate University

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Pacific Audio releases Zhou's Broken Ink: Symphonic Suite Inspired by the Poetry of the Song Dynasty, a large scale work for full symphony orchestra and choir commissioned by China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. Available at CDBaby, iTunes, and Amazon. More

The Grand Canal Suite received its US premiere by Princeton Symphony under Rossen Milanov at the orchestra's season opening concert at Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University.


The Houston Symphony performs A Thousand Years of Good Prayers under Christoph Köenig. "[An] evocative tone poem" —Houston Chronicle. "Attractive...the piece feels first and foremost like an honest musical utterance, which is important in today's day and age. This is an impressive essay from a 30-year old composer, and Zhou Tian is certainly a compositional voice to watch." —ConcertoNet.


The Indianapolis Symphony performs Zhou's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers under Christoph Eberle in a program of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Violin Concerto played by Joshua Bell.



Hong Kong Philharmonic performed The Palace of Nine Perfections conducted by Rossen Milanov in a program of Dvorak’s Nature, Life and Love and Brahms Violin Concerto played by Vadim Repin.



A Thousand Years of Good Prayers performed by Winston-Salem Symphony under Matthew Troy


Pictures performed by Spokane Symphony Orchestra under music director Eckart Preu



A Thousand Years of Good Prayers performed by Hawaii Symphony under Sarah Hicks in the orchestra's inaugural season.



The Palace of Nine Perfections performed by the Reno Philharmonic under music director Laura Jackson in a program of Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite and Brahms Violin Concerto played by Rachel Barton Pine.


Innova Recordings releases Zhou's Duet in Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano, featuring acclaimed flutist Mimi Stillman and pianist Charles Abramovic. The 2-CD collection also includes works by Richard Danielpour, Gerald Levinson, David Ludwig, Daniel Kellogg, Masonic, Michael Djupstrom and more. Available on iTunes and Amazon


Zhou has been commissioned to write a new piece for Curtis On Tour, featuring Curtis President, violist Roberto Díaz, guitar faculty Jason Vieaux and current students. UPDATE: Curtis On Tour premiered Zhou's work Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs in 15 American cities in the ensemble's North America Tour.


Zhou joined the music faculty at
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China's leading label Pacific Audio releases Tunes from China (弦韵中国), a new commercial CD composed and produced by Zhou Tian, featuring award-winning cellist Xian Zhuo and Guangzhou Symphony. Available on iTunes and Store


Beijing Premiere: Hangzhou Philharmonic performs Zhou's Grand Canal Symphonic Suite at National Centre for the Performing Arts. More



item7Zhou Tian received the First Prize of 2009 ASCAP and Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Songs Competition. The result of the First Prize is to receive a commission to write a song cycle to be published by E.C. Schirmer. The commissioned song cycle will be performed in three major American cities.


billycollins1Grammy award-winning label Cedille Records releases Zhou Tian's new work in The Billy Collins Suite, the first CD devoted to musical settings of poems by the popular U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Available on iTunes and Amazon.

Update: The Billy Collins Suite is Chicago Tribune's CD OF THE WEEK. See critic's reviews.

item1Zhou Tian's A Thousand Years of Good Prayers was premiered by
The Green Bay Symphony under Christoph Campestrini. Of the piece, Green Bay Press-Gazette wrote "It is an appealing work that expresses an outlook on life in a story-like way….[Conductor] Campestrini called Zhou to the stage to collect his standing ovation..." More at New Music Box.

GrandCanalPremiere2Zhou's Grand Canal Suite was performed during a nationally televised celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The complete work was premiered on Oct 11, 13 and 14, 2009 by Hangzhou Philharmonic.
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GrandCanalCDweb1The Grand Canal Suite was recorded by the Guangzhou Symphony with guest soloists and released by China's top recording label Pacific Audio & Video. The 7-movement work calls for two Chinese instruments, a Chinese Opera singer, mixed chorus and full orchestra and it was commissioned by the Chinese government to celebrate the Grand Canal of China. News reports Available from Store (CD) and iTunes (Mp3)

UPDATE: The Grand Canal Suite was selected as one of the 100 Important Audio and Video Publications of 2009 by General Administration of Press and Publication of China, chosen as a theme at 2010 Shanghai World Expo, and exhibited at MIDEM 2010 in Cannes, France.


navCHLogoonAward-winning marimbist Pius Cheung performs Zhou’s Blowing Westward at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

Clarinetist Eugene Pook premieres Zhou's Unheard Wishes at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall



Zhou received the First Prize of 2009 Washington International Competition for Composers. Established in 1976, the composers’ competition is held every 3 years. Zhou’s winning work, Trio, was performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.



The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Meyer performs Zhou Tian's First Sight at Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh, PA.


PittsburghThe Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra led by Daniel Meyer performs Zhou Tian’s work during the orchestra’s first Asia Tour in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Hong Kong.


item2Zhou Tian has been selected as the winner of The Symphony in C Young Composers' Competition. Zhou's winning work The Palace of Nine Perfections was performed by The Symphony in C under Rossen Milanov at Rutgers-Camden Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey.


Zhou Tian has been commissioned by The Minnesota Orchestra for a new orchestral piece.


Feb 14, 2015

Asheville Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Meyer, conductor

ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

BARTOK: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Jeremy Denk)

DVORÁK: Symphony No. 8

Asheville, NC

Now playing: excerpt from Music for Orchestra (Yumi Kendall, solo cello; conducted by Sarah Hicks)
©Curtis Inst. of Music, Zhou Tian Music (ASCAP)

Mar 22-24, 2013

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Mei-Ann Chen,

ZHOU TIAN: Poem from a Vanished Time (World Premiere)

JENNIFER HIGDON: Concerto for Orchestra

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No.5, Emperor (André Watts)

Cincinnati, OH

Mar 29, 2015

New York Society For New Music Presents

1938-2015: Seven Decades of World Music From Bartok to Zhou Tian

Chamber Works by Bela Bartok, Olivier Messiaen, Lou Harrison, Douglas Cuomo and Zhou Tian

Colgate University, NY

Nov 10, 12-13, 2011

The Houston Symphony
Christoph Köenig, conductor

ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

SCHUBERT: Mass No. 3

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

Jones Hall, Houston, TX

Apr 7, 9, 10, 2015

Atlantic Classical Orchestra
Stewart Robertson, conductor

A MCKENZIE: Benedictus

ZHOU: Violin Concerto (Caroline Goulding) World Premiere

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7

Multiple locations. Details

May 5-7, 2011

The Indianapolis Symphony
Christoph Eberle, conductor

ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto (Joshua Bell)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

The Palladium (May 5), Hilbert Circle Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

Apr 12, 2015

Dolce Suono Ensemble

Mimi Stillman, flute
Dover Quartet

Viaje World Premiere

Curtis Institute of Music, PA

April 1-2, 2011

Hong Kong Philharmonic
Rossen Milanov, conductor

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto (Repin)

ZHOU: The Palace of Nine Perfections

DVORÁK: Nature, Life and Love

Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Oct 15, 2014

Performance Today™ at Curtis

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

Fred Child, host; Jason Vieaux, guitar. Gould Rehearsal Hall at Lenfest Hall, Curtis Institute of Music

Oct 5, 2014

Curtis Presents: Jason Vieaux

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

Jason Vieaux, guitar
Brandon Garbot, violin
Zsche Chuang Rimbo Wong, viola
Tessa Seymour, cello

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

Oct 13-14, 16, 2012

Winston-Salem Symphony
Matthew Troy, conductor

ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Concerto No.1 (Antonio Pompa-Baldil)

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

Stevens Center. Winston-Salem, NC

Nov 2, 2014

New York Society For New Music

New Work (premiere)
for clarinet, piano and string quartet

Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Oct 7, 2012

Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Rossen Milanov, conductor

STRAVINSKY: Song of the Nightingale

RACHMANINOFF: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Di Wu)

ZHOU: The Grand Canal

Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ

July 25-26, 2014

Eroica Trio

BEETHOVEN: Trio in C Minor

ZHOU: Trio

SMETANA: Trio in G Minor

Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, Highlands, NC

Aug 19, 2012

String Quartet No.2 "The Great Wall"

Great Wall String Quartet

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

Apr 6, 13, 2014

Empire Brass

Night-Shining White (world premiere)

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

July 25, 2012

Spokane Symphony
Eckart Preu, conductor


ARVO PART: Fratres

ZHOU TIAN: Pictures

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5

Spokane, WA

Feb-Mar, 2014

Eroica Trio

BEETHOVEN: Trio in B-flat, Op. 11

ZHOU: Trio

GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess Fansasy

BRAHMS: Trio No. 2, Op. 87

20 Feb: University of North Georgia Dahlonega, GA

22 Feb: Venice Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, Venice, FL (3 & 7pm)

2 Mar: Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

April 22, 24, 2012

Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
Sarah Hicks, conductor

ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

ARUTUNIAN: Trumpet Concerto (Joe Burgstaller)

MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 "Italian"

Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb 15, 2014

CCM Philharmonia Orchestra
Mark Gibson, conductor

The Grand Canal Suite

Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati

Feb 26, 28, 2012

Reno Philharmonic
Laura Jackson, conductor

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto (Rachel Barton Pine)

ZHOU: The Palace of Nine Perfections

R STRAUSS: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts, Reno, Nevada

Dec 31, 2013

Hangzhou Philharmonic
Yang Yang, conductor

Broken Ink Suite (selections)

New Year's Concert, Hangzhou, China

Jan, Apr, 2013

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

Curtis On Tour
Soovin Kim, violin
Roberto Díaz, viola
Jason Vieaux, guitar
John-Henry Crawford, cello

19 Jan: Elkins Park at Keneseth Israel,

Elkins Park, PA

23 Apr: Centro Nacional de la Música—

San José, Costa Rica


26 Apr: Conservatorio de Las Rosas—

Morelia, Mexico

29-30 Ap
r: Sala São Paulo "Mozarteum

Brasileiro" São Paulo, Brazil

Jan-Mar, 2012. Curtis On Tour

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

Roberto Díaz, viola
Jason Vieaux, guitar

Current students


1/22: Longwood Garden, PA

1/25: Curtis Institute, PA
2/25: Flynn Center, Burlington, VT

2/26: Rockport Opera House, ME

2/29: Harris Concert Hall, Aspen, CO

3/2: Historic Asolo Thtr, Sarasota, FL

3/4: Bok Tower Gardens, FL

3/10-11: Mondavi Center, Davis, CA

3/13: Shoreline, WA

Mar 30; Apr 6-7; Apr 13, 2013

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

Vision of Sound

Works by Composers and Choreographers


30 Mar: Carrier Theater, Syracuse
6 Apr: Hochstein Hall, Rochester
7 Apr: Hamilton College, (Clinton, NY)
13 Apr: Jan Hus Presbyterian Church,

New York City

Feb 10, 2013

Dover String Quartet

MOZART: "Dissonance"

WEBERN: Fünf Sätze

SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No.3

ZHOU: String Quartet No. 1, No. 2

Colgate University. Hamilton, NY

June 2, 2012

The Columbia Orchestra
Jason Love, Conductor

ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

BRUCH: Violin Concerto in G Minor

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture
No. 3

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Capriccio Espagnol

Howard County Center for the Arts. Ellicott City, MD

Nov 3, 2012

Hangzhou Philharmonic
Yang Yang, conductor

The Grand Canal Suite

Closing Ceremony Concert of 14th West Lake International Expo. Hangzhou, China.

Oct 28, 2012

The Grand Air Trio

Works by Haydn, Mozart, Zhou Tian and Rachmaninov

Maison Erard. Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 8, 2012

Red Trees, Wrinkled Cliffs

Jason Vieaux, guitar

Nadir Khashimov, violin

Daniel Lee, viola

Eric Han, cello

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, NY

June 29, Aug 3, Dec 24, 2011

String Quartet No.2 "The Great Wall"

Great Wall String Quartet

June 29: Macau
Aug 3: Beijing
Dec 24: Taipei

April 8, 2010

Hangzhou Philharmonic
Conductor: Yang Yang

ZHOU: The Grand Canal

TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto (Feng Ning)

RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. Subsequent performances at Peking University



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