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Mo Zhao is a Chinese-American composer and pianist. She holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Her music has been performed across the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe in venues including the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall, and Saarland State Theatre. Recent performers of her music include the EXUADI Vocal Ensemble, Plus-Minus Ensemble, Chinese traditional musician HE Tao, and Grammy-nominated string band ETHEL. She has participated in music festivals including TUTTI and Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Her composition teachers include Matthew King, Martin Amlin, Brett Abigaña, NarcisBonet, and Ketty Nez. She has received additional training in composition and piano performance at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, London Royal College of Music, and La ScholaCantorum de Paris.


As an active pianist, Mo Zhao has performed solo piano recitals presented by Sherman Clay. She has appeared in Master classes with Frank Wiens and Roy Bogas. She has studied piano at San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Mack McCray during her undergraduate degree. Outside of traditional classical repertoire, she has also played for musicals as well as for Latin jazz ensemble. In addition to composing and performing, she offers music lessons in the East Bay.