Philina Zhang, piano

Hometown: New York, NY

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Philina played her debut piano solo concert this summer in Lleida, Spain, as a result of winning the 2022 Ricard Vines Youth Piano Competition. Her other recent awards include an Honorable Mention in the 2023 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards and Senior Composition Winner in the 2023 New York State MTNA. In June of 2022, Philina was one of six pianists selected to participate in the 2022 Gina Bachauer Piano Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah. Philina studies composition with Ira Taxin at Juilliard Pre-College.

Meet Philina

Philina and her sister, Nickita, appeared on Show 405, airing November 1, 2021.

Philina Zhang (piano), 14, is from New York, New York, and in the ninth grade at Special Music School. She studies piano with Irina Morozova. Philina has won many national and international piano competitions, including the 13th International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz, the International Lev Vlassenko Competition, the New York State Music Teacher National Association Music Competition, the Villahermosa 16th International Festival-Competition, and the New York Solo Concert Competition. Philina has performed at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, and Merkin Hall in New York City, in addition to several international concert venues. Philina is a recipient of the Chopin Foundation Scholarship. A composer as well as a pianist, Philina has composed piano solos, four-hands, violin solos, trios, and quartets, and she is also a frequent accompanist for soloists and choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and performing original pieces with her sister, Nickita, who plays violin. Outside of music, Philina’s hobbies include running, swimming, karaoke, and going to museums.

Listen to Philina

Show 405
Sonata for Violin and Piano K. 301, Mvmt 1 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart