Xiaomei Zhu, Guzheng  (Chinese Instrument Performance)

  • Western Gateway Park - Downtown Des Moines

Xiaomei Zhu, a member of Guzheng Profession Committee of Chinese
Musicians Association, started learning guzheng (a Traditional Chinese
Zither) at an early age. After receiving the First Prize at the competition for
admission to the Attached Middle School of Wuhan Conservatory of Music
in 2005, she continued her studies with Prof. Yan Gao. She received her
Bachelors Degree from the Wuhan Conservatory of Music, to which she
was admitted as a Third Place winner of the admission competition in 2008.
She was accepted to the Masters program of the same institution as the
First Prize winner of the entrance competition. While a student at the
Wuhan Conservatory, Xiaomei studied guzheng with renowned performers
and educator, such as Prof. Zhongshan Wang from China Conservatory of
Music and Prof. Yan Gao and received guidance from Prof. Qing Wu. She
specializes in various genres of traditional Chinese music, including
modern compositions for guzheng as well as classical, world, folk and
fusion musics.
Xiaomei’s honors and awards include the Top Prize at the Third Session of
Singapore Golden Lion International Guzheng Competition of 2009 and the
Copper Prize at the “Mountain and Water Cup” Guzheng Competition of

  1. She has appeared in a number of Chinese television programs, most
    notably at the CCTV Chinese Music Channel, Hubei Economic TV
    Channel. Xiaomei performed at various musical venues, such as Qintai
    Grand Theatre, Ten-Year China-France Alliance Anniversary, Englert
    Theatre and IC Open City program, Iowa United Nations Association,
    UNICEF Tap Project. Recently, she performed as a soloist with Iowa City
    Community String Orchestra. Her performances have been covered by
    newspapers and media, most recently -- by Iowa City Press-Citizen and the
    Daily Iowan TV.