Wanting Zhao was born in Shenyang, Northeast China, and began her piano studies at the age of 4. At 15, her First Place performance on the entrance examination earned her direct admission to the prestigious middle school attached to the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. Ms. Zhao has been a finalist in many national and international piano competitions. She has won First Prizes at the 11th Xing Hai Cup China National Piano Competition, 14th Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition, Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open Competition (Beethoven Sonata class), and the 2nd “KAWAI” China National Piano Competition. Ms. Zhao has also won Second Prize Second Prize in the “Cadenza” Cup China National Piano Competition, and Third Prizes at the Hong Kong-Asia Piano Open (Open Class) and Oberlin International Piano Competitions. In 2008, she was selected as a finalist at the Eastman International Piano Competition for Young Artists and this year, Ms. Zhao won First Prize and Audience Favorite Award at the Young Texas Artists Music Competition. She is currently a senior at Texas Christian University.