Born in Toronto, Annie Zhou is a full scholarship student at the Young Artists Performance Academy at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, where she studies with Marietta Orlov. She began her piano studies at the age of four with Tanya Tkachenko. At the ages of five and six, she was the youngest student of any discipline to be awarded a scholarship from the Royal Conservatory School. By age ten, Annie already won national first prize at the Canadian Music Competition for three consecutive years. She was a top winner at the Canadian Chopin Piano Competition (2010), and the grand winner at the CCC National Piano Competition (2011). Internationally, Annie was the youngest prize winner at both the Minnesota International e-Piano Junior Competition (2011) and the Cooper International Piano Competition (2012). In 2012, Annie won first prize at the Ettlingen International Competition for Young Pianists in Germany, and more recently in August 2014, she won first prize at the ninth Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists.
Annie made her orchestral debut when she was eight, and has since performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta, and the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia.
Annie has performed in premier concert venues across North America, such as Glenn Gould Studio and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, the Maison symphonique in Montreal, the Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, and Carnegie Hall in New York. She has performed in Italy four times, and in Germany and Switzerland as well. Annie has been on local and national TV and radio, including her duo with world-acclaimed pianist Lang Lang on CTV’s Canada AM, and her performances on CBC Radio One, CBC-Radio Canada, and Classical 96.3 FM. She was also on US
and Switzerland radio, such as WCLV 104.9 FM Ohio and Radio Swiss Classic. As a chamber musician, she performed on WNED Classical 94.5 FM Buffalo. Annie has been selected by the CBC as a Next! Artist for the year of 2013, and featured two times on CBC's "30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30" as one of the most promising young artists in Canada.
Annie shared the stage with “The Tragically Hip”, one of Canada’s most successful and influential rock bands, at the Royal Occasion. She was videotaped for demonstration at the CFMTA-MTNA-RCM World Pedagogy Conference in 2007. Annie also performed in various benefit concerts, such as “Ivory Keys for Cancer” for the Canadian Cancer Society, the St. James Chancel Choir in Concert for helping needy children in developing countries, and the globally collaborated “Young Artists for Haiti” virtual concert for earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile.
Annie had master classes or private lessons with Arie Vardi, Andrea Bonatta, Christopher Elton, Emanuel Ax, John Perry, Hamish Milne, John O'Conor, Jeffrey Siegel, Kirill Gerstein, Leon Fleisher, Marc Durand, Richard Goode, Robert McDonald, Ronan OHora, Sa Chen, and Yuja Wang.
Annie currently attends the University of Toronto Schools, where she is a straight A student in grade 10. In her spare time, she likes to read, draw, and she enjoys biking, skating, and skiing as well.