Pianist Shichao Zhang and cellist Stephanie March to perform at Morningside College
Pianist Shichao Zhang and cellist Stephanie March will perform at Morningside College at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave., as part of the Morningside College Piano Recital Series.
The recital is free and open to the public. The program will include works by Beethoven, Foss, Rachmaninoff and Popper.
Originally from Beijing, China, Zhang came to the United States in 2007 to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He has been featured in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and concerto performances at major concert halls in China and the United States.
Zhang has won numerous competitions, including first prize at the Hong Kong- Asia Piano Open Competition, the Eastman School of Music Concerto Competition, and the New York Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) - Steinway Young Artist Competition. More recently, he has been invited to judge and perform at such competitions.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance with highest distinction from the Eastman School of Music in 2012 and a master’s degree in piano performance and literature from Eastman in 2014. He is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts at Eastman. He is a studio teaching assistant there and was the winner of the 2013-2014 Eastman TA Prize.
A native of Sioux City, March began her cello studies at the age of 3 and became the youngest member of the Sioux City Symphony at the age of 13. While still in high school, she appeared with the orchestra as a soloist in Beethoven’s “Triple Concerto.” She again performed as a soloist in 2016 as part of the orchestra’s centennial celebration.
March earned a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the Eastman School of Music in 2011 and went on to earn a Master of Music degree in 2013 from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. After winning state and regional levels in the MTNA Young Artist Strings Competition in 2013, she emerged as the first prize winner in the national MTNA competition in Anaheim, Calif., which resulted in a solo performance at the Magic Kingdom Ballroom at Disneyland.
March has served in the cello sections of the National Repertory Orchestra, New World Symphony and Omaha Symphony. During the 2014-2015 season, she was associate principal cellist with the South Dakota Symphony and a member of the Dakota String Quartet. She has performed as a soloist with numerous area symphonies. She has collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis and has appeared in recitals with Grammy Award-nominated artists Andrew Russo and James Ehnes.
Stephanie is the daughter of James and Kathryn March of Sioux City. All three Marches teach in the music department at Morningside College.