Liying Zhu

China

Born in Kunming city of Yunnan province in China. Liying started to learn classical guitar when she was a child and immediately fell in love with this charming instrument. She began to study with Professor Chen Zhi, the leading guitar professor in China at her age of 11.

She enrolled in the Middle School affiliated to Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, and was recommended for admission to the Central Conservatory of Music of China after finishing the Chinese National College Entrance (likes Abitur in Germany) in 2009. After graduating, she continued her studies obtaining a Master of Music degree in Germany in Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln/Wuppertal in 2013 with Professor Alfred Eickholt.

Before starting her Bachelor study, she had already showed her young talent and won some awards, including the third prize in “the Christopher Parkening International Youth Guitar Competition of America”, the second prize in “the 10th Vienna International Youth Guitar Competition” and the second prize in “the Youth Division of GFA International Guitar Competition” in USA.

Recently she continues to achieve more successes. In 2014, she won together with singer Manon Blanc-Delsalle (France) the second prize in 13. Wuppertaler Musikwettbewerb “Gitarre plus X” (in March, for the whole student in the state NRW in Germany). Then she won two first prizes for solo, “International Twents Gitaar Concours” in Netherlands (in June) and “Internationaler Gitarrenwettbewerb Nürtingen” in Germany (in August). In 2015, she won the first prize in both “15. Internationalen Gitarrenwettbewerb Gevelsberg” (in March) and “Koblenz International Guitar Competition ‘Hubert Käppel’” (in May) in Germany, the prize includes: a performance at Carnegie Hall New York on 6 November 2015, a solo recital in San Francisco on 8 November 2015 supported by D’Addario and the Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts.