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Weicheng Zhao

Associate Organist-Choirmaster

Born in Tianjin, China, Weicheng Zhao began his musical training at the age of five.  After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008, he was appointed a full time faculty member of the Electone Organ at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music.  He came to the United States in 2009 to pursue study of the pipe organ with Professor Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music.  Upon completing the Master of Music degree in organ performance, he received the distinction as the Outstanding Graduate at the master’s level of the entire Thornton School of Music.  He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC.

Among numerous scholarships and awards, he received the prestigious People’s Government Scholarship.  Out of 20 million college, university, and conservatory students, Mr. Zhao was one of 30 students chosen to receive the Nomination Prize for Student of the Year 2007.  That same year, Weicheng was the first prize winner at the Yamaha National Electronic Organ Competition held in Shanghai, which qualified him to compete in the 43rd Yamaha International Electronic Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan.  Included in his performance were Jubilation, his own composition, and his transcription of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.  He was the first Chinese to win this competition which is recognized as the most significant of its kind in the world.

Mr. Zhao was the first prize winner in the Miami International Organ Competition and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition.  He received the Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the prestigious Ruth and Clarence Mader National Organ-Playing Competition in 2010 and 2013.  He was organist at St. Bede’s Church in La Canada from 2012 to 2015.

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