Pianist Andrew Zhou has been noted for his “remarkable suppleness,” “great sensitivity,” and luminous technique” (Anaclase), as well as performances of “extraordinary energy” (ResMusica). He was second-prize winner and major laureate of four special prizes at the Concours International de Piano d’Orléans, the most distinguished and demanding competition devoted to contemporary music. He has worked closely with composers such as Unsuk Chin, Tod Machover, Tristan Murail, Roberto Sierra, Christopher Stark, Christian Wolff, and Walter Zimmermann, as well as countless composers from a younger generation, including Samuel Adams, Loren Loiacono, and Christopher Stark, and Doyoon Kim, whose work was especially commissioned for Mr. Zhou by Ms. Chin for Isang Yun’s centenary celebration in his hometown of Tongyeong, South Korea.
Mr. Zhou has toured throughout France and has appeared in major venues such as the KKL (Lucerne Festival), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), and the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), and has taken part in residencies at the Avaloch Farm Institute (New Hampshire) and the Tanglewood Music Center (Massachusetts). He was also pianist for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Recently, he is the recipient of a commissioning grant from the Arts Council of Ireland for a half-concert length work from composer Peter Fahey, to be premiered in 2019.
He has received degrees in international relations, music, and modern languages from Stanford University with distinction, and in piano performance from New England Conservatory, where he was awarded a Beneficent Society Scholarship. Currently, he is visiting lecturer in piano at Cornell University, where his scholarship and teaching have been recognized with numerous fellowships and awards. Primary teachers include Xak Bjerken, Bruce Brubaker, and Thomas Schultz, alongside influential work with Stephen Drury and members of Ensemble Modern and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Recent recordings include premieres of works by Benjamin Boretz and Elizabeth Hoffman (Open Space), and “Vienne et après,” featuring premiere recordings of works by Pintscher and Olga Neuwirth. When he finds time, he constructs crossword puzzles for the New York Times.
Pianist Ryan MacEvoy McCullough has developed a unique career as soloist and collaborator, at home with music ranging from the standard repertoire to electroacoustic improvisation. He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic, and has performed alongside the Mark Morris Dance Group and contemporary ensemble eighth blackbird.
He has performed at such festivals as the Tanglewood Music Center, Token Creek Chamber Music Festival, Sarasota Festival, Methow Valley Chamber Music Festival, and Nohant International Chopin Festival, and in March of 2015 co-directed Environs Messiaen, a festival at Cornell University celebrating the naturalist aesthetic of French composer Oliver Messiaen.
Interested in new music from an early age, Mr. McCullough has worked closely with composers George Benjamin, John Harbison, Helen Grime and Andrew McPherson, and has commissioned or been dedicatee of works by James Primosch, Carter Pann, John Liberatore, Jenny Beck, and Dante De Silva. In 2008, Ryan released a CD of solo piano music by 20th century Polish-French composer Miłosz Magin on the Polish label Acte Prealable, and in January of 2013 was featured on an Innova Records release of composer Andrew McPherson’s Secrets of Antikythera for magnetic resonator piano. He recently performed the soloist role in Jonathan Harvey’s Bird Concerto with Pianosong, playing both piano and the electronic birdsong samples, obtained by reconstructing elements of the no-longer-available synthesizer from the 1980s that the original score calls for.
Recent recording projects include albums of complete piano works by American composer Dante de Silva, Australian composer Nicholas Vines, and American composer John Liberatore. Ryan holds his B.A. from Humboldt State University and M.Mus. from the University of Southern California, as well an Artist Diplomas from the Colburn Conservatory and The Glenn Gould School. He has studied with Deborah Clasquin, David Louie, John Perry, and Xak Bjerken, in addition to influential work with Stephen Drury, Leon Fleisher, and Alan Louis Smith.