Nicholas Zehao Bai

Born into a family of musicians, Zehao Bai began his piano study at the age of three and made his debut concert at the age of fourteen. Zehao continued studying piano under the tutelage of Dr. Marina Lomazov and Dr. Joseph Rackers and received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees. He is now pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music.

Zehao was featured as the rising keyboard artist of the Rising Artist series at Lander University, the Rising Star soloist at Texas State International Piano Festival, and many more. Additionally, Zehao and his chamber music partner, Ke’er Wang performed as part of the Piano Extravaganza of the Southeastern Piano Festival and on the innovative classical music experience, Concert Truck. In 2021, Zehao was invited to be part of the young jury for the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition.

Zehao won multiple prizes from competitions such as the National Society of Arts and Letters National Competition of Piano, Thousand Island International Piano Competition; Long Island International Piano Competition; MTNA National Piano Competition. In addition to winning competition prizes, Zehao was invited to perform with symphony orchestras including the Virtuosi Brunenses Symphony Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, and Texas State Symphony Orchestra.

On top of performance activities, Zehao enjoys teaching and communicating to other pianists. He now serves as Teaching Assistant for class piano at the Eastman School and hold a position at the Knaack School of Musical Artistry where he has experience with students with ADHD, autism etc.

At the summer of 2016, Zehao and Ke’er Wang together created the Miaomiao Piano Festival in Wuhai, China to be the best piano festival for pre-college young pianists of the Inner Mongolia area.

As a self-proclaimed technology and car enthusiast, Zehao enjoys working on his car and electronics when he is not working at his piano.