"The result is a triumph."
CLASSICFM about Mélodie's
"A brilliant playing, [...]
an astounding fiery."
Jonas Pulver for LE TEMPS
"A fascinating young lady, artistically and humanly."
Alberto Cima for
"[...] it is a cycle to which I will gladly return, and often, right along Backhaus II, Kodama, Gilels, Nat, and Pollini."
Jens F. Larson for FORBES about Mélodie's Beethoven Complete Sonatas
"[...] we don't know what to admire the most: [Mélodie Zhao's] bewildering ease or her bewitching inspiration."
Gérard Denizeau for L'ÉDUCATION MUSICALE
"[...] a genuine piano artist is performing, and she has hardly any competition to fear."
Werner Pfister for MUSIK & THEATER
26-year-old Swiss-born pianist and composer Mélodie Zhao
has proven herself to be one of the most talented
musicians of her generation throughout her numerous
record-breaking albums and breathtaking live performances.
Born into a musical family, Mélodie Zhao fell in love with and started the piano at age two and a half. At 9 she entered the Geneva Music Conservatory to study with Mayumi Kameda and at 13 the Geneva Music University where she received at 16 the Soloist Master degree with distinction in the class of Pascal Devoyon. She then followed her professor to Berlin for a second Master degree at the University of Arts. She also received lessons from Paul Badura-Skoda in Paris and Vienna.
Mélodie Zhao is accustomed to the stage since the age of 6. She played with major orchestras such as the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, China National, Shanghai Philharmonic etc. the conductors Vladimir Fedoseyev, Howard Griffiths, Michail Jurowski, Gustav Kuhn, Muhai Tang etc. and performed worldwide in prestigious concert halls such as Lincoln Center NYC, Tonhalle Zurich, NCPA Beijing, Victoria Hall Geneva, Theatre du Châtelet Paris, LAC Lugano and the festivals of Merano, Budapest, New Ross, Gstaad, Palermo, Valldemossa, Tiroler Festspiele, Davos etc.
In parallel, Mélodie Zhao began musical composition at 15. She regularly receives orders from orchestras and troupes such as Rudra Béjart Ballet or China National Opera. She has a very personal and distinctive style and language and explores film music in several collaborations with her filmmaker sister Cadenza. Her works include chamber, orchestral and religious music, as well as solo piano pieces where she often brings the virtuosity to a challenging level. She has a regular collaboration with the Swedish “Camerata Nordica” who performs with her in special concert projects combining classics and Mélodie’s own compositions and arrangements.
She regularly conducts orchestras from the piano in many major piano concertos (Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mozart, etc.) as well as her own compositions.
As a millennial, Mélodie Zhao is present on the social networks and shows regularly quality content on platforms like YouTube and Instagram. These include innovative and modern music videos combining fashion, cinema, inspiring scripts and set design among others, as well as one-shot and live video recordings. Her goal is to present a different image of classical music in order to reach more people of her generation, using ways that they are familiar with and by expressing through her art powerful messages inspired by our time.
Chopin 24 Études (independent/Claves 2008)
Liszt Études d’exécution transcendante (Claves 2011)
Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas (Claves 2014)
Tchaikovsky Concertos 1 & 2 (Michail Jurowski, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Claves 2015)
Album “Wanderer” with works of Schubert, Bach/Busoni, Chopin and Liszt (NCPA 2018)
Kurt Leimer Piano Concertos 2 & 4 (Howard Griffiths, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, 2019)
Haydn Complete works for Keyboard and Orchestra (Howard Griffiths, Schweizer Camerata, CPO 2020)