Fangwei Zhao, born in 2000, began learning the piano at age five. After winning several regional competition in China, at the age of 12, she was accepted to study in the prestigious affiliated music school of China Conservatory of Music with piano professor Guo Yun. A year later, she won the 1st prize of the piano competition in the Taiwan international piano festival as well as successfully gave her first solo piano recital in Taiyuan, Shanxi. Although the performance was immature and imperfect, the enthusiastic feedback form the audience was one of the factors that motivated her to continue on this musical path. Not only solo piano training, Fangwei also began her chamber music training at the age of 13 with playing duo with violin, and gave several performance in school.
During her staying in school, Fangwei was awarded with scholarship on two occasions for academic and music excellence. Apart from activity in school, she had master classes with Meng-Chieh Liu, Christopher Elton, Claudius Tanski, Philippe Cassard and Piers Lane and performed in various concert halls in China and UK, such as Beijing Steinway Hall, Shanghai Steinway Hall ,The concert hall in Xinghai Conservatory and etc.
After graduating from the China Conservatory of Music, Fangwei came to the U.K. to pursue her music career. She is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Professor BingBing Li. In 2017, Fangwei won the “Pianist Award” in Chelmsford festival of Music & Drama. In July 2019, She made her debut with the Wiener Akademische Philharmonie in Musikverein Wien under the baton of Michał Juraszek. In the same year, She won First Prize at the Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians’ Competition. In 2021, with Chinese Conductor Lijie Huang, Fangwei recorded her first album with Asian Philharmonic playing Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor. The album will be released by China Record Corporation in 2022. On 19th June 2022, Fangwei will give a performance of Grieg Piano Concerto with Windsor & Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra in Newbold Church.