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Weicheng Zhao

Born in Tianjin, China, Weicheng Zhao began his musical training at the age of five. In 2009, he moved to the United States to study pipe organ with Cherry Rhodes at the University of Southern California. Upon completing the Masters of Music degree in organ performance, Weicheng received the distinction as the Masters Level Outstanding Graduate for the entire School of Music. He is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC. 

Currently

Associate Organist-​Choirmaster
All Saints Church, Pasadena, California, since September 2015

Previously

  • Organist, St. Bede’s Catholic Church, La Cañada, 2012–2015
  • Faculty, Electone Organ, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China

Awards

  • Audience Prize and 3rd place, American Guild of Organists 2016 National Organ Playing Competition 
  • 1st prize, 43rd Yamaha International Electronic Organ Competition
  • 1st prize, 2012 Miami International Organ Competition
  • 1st prize, Los Angeles International Liszt Competition
  • 2nd prize and Audience Prize, Ruth and Clarence Mader National Organ-​Playing Competition, 2010, 2013

Studies

  • Masters of Music in organ performance, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Music in Electronic Organ Performance, Tianjin Conservatory of Music, China, 2008
  • Organ instructors: Jiyong Gao, Cherry Rhodes

Watch

Weicheng plays his transcription of Béla Bartók: Finale from Concerto for Orchestra.