As a solo and collaborative pianist, Ms.Zhu has presented many recitals and performed in many festivals in China and the United States since she was a middle school student in Shanghai. Her most recent solo recital in San Francisco in May.2014 was reviewed by Stephen Smoliar as “exploring a diversity of textures”. Other most recent important performances include the Sherman Clay Solo Recital Series in the Bay Area in 2011, PianoTexas 2011 where she was selected a young artist to perform both solo and chamber music. She played Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra in 2010. In 2006, she performed in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Anniversary Series.
Hanqian Zhu has won many prizes including the First Prize of Strum Page Piano Competition in 2012, Second Prize in the Chamber Music Competition of Shanghai Conservatory in 2006, the Fifth Prize in the Julia Crane International Piano Competition in 2006, and the First Prize in the San Francisco Conservatory's 2009 Concerto Competition. She was a finalist of 2011 Kosciuszko Chopin Competition in New York.
Besides solo performances, she also has many experiences in chamber music. Since the age of 15, she has regularly appeared in Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's Weekly Chamber Concert. After she came to the United States, she performed in many chamber concerts in San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010 she represented San Francisco Conservatory of Music to perform in the Shanghai-San Francisco Celebration Concert. Her other collaborative experiences include being a staff accompanist in Montecito International Music Festival, 2014.
Hanqian Zhu's early piano studies began at the Primary School of Shanghai Conservatory of Music. After graduating from the Conservatory's Middle School, she entered the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008 on scholarship. She is currently a post-graduate student at the Conservatory, studying with Yoshikazu Nagai.