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Zhou Tian

Assistant Professor of Music
Music, 104 Dana Arts Center
p 315-228-6708


Bachelor of Music, The Curtis Institute of Music, 2005
Master of Music, The Juilliard School, 2007
Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Southern California, 2011

Teaching Experience

Adjunct Instructor in Music, University of Southern California (2007-2011)

Composition Masterclass:
  • Syracuse University (2013)
  • University of Nevada, Reno (2012)
  • The Curtis Institute of Music (2012)


Composition, Digital Music Production

Professional Experience

Major Performances of Original Compositions

  • The Cincinnati Symphony (2013)
  • The Houston Symphony (2011)
  • The Indianapolis Symphony (2011)
  • Hong Kong Philharmonic (2011)
  • The Pittsburgh Symphony (2008)
  • The Minnesota Orchestra (2007, 2006)
  • Performances at National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, China (2012, 2010)
  • Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, New York (2009)
  • Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, New York (2009, 2006)
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC (2009)
  • Usedomer Musikfestival, Germany (2008)
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York (2007, 2005)
  • Aspen Music Festival, CO (2005)
  • Ecoles d'Art Américaines de Fontainebleau, France (2004, 10, 11)
  • Tanglewood Festival Chorus at Seiji Ozawa Hall (2002)
2012-2013 Performances:
  • Princeton Symphony Orchestra
  • Reno Philharmonic
  • Hawaii Symphony Orchestra
  • Spokane Symphony
  • Winston-Salem Symphony
  • Curtis On Tour (9 American cities): Jason Vieaux, guitar; Roberto Díaz, viola; Soovin Kim, violin, etc.
  • Great Wall Quartet (Taipei, Macau, Beijing)
  • Curtis On Tour - China (Shanghai, Tianjin); Latin America (Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil)
  • The Grand Air Trio (Amsterdam; 6th International Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition, Weimar)
  • Dover Quartet (Colgate residency)
Sample Orchestral Programs: 
Cincinnati Symphony (Mei-Ann Chen, conductor)
ZHOU: Poem from a Vanished Time CSO commission
HIGDON: Concerto for Orchestra

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 (André Watts)

Indianapolis Symphony (Christoph Eberle, conductor)
ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto (Joshua Bell)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4

Houston Symphony (Christoph Köenig, conductor)
ZHOU: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
SCHUBERT: Mass No. 3
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2

Hong Kong Philharmonic (Rossen Milanov, conductor)
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto (Vadim Repin)
ZHOU: The Palace of Nine Perfections
DVORÁK: Nature, Life and Love

  • Composer-in-Residence, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra. Green Bay, WI (2009-10)
  • Composer-in-Residence, Music In the Loft Concert Series. Chicago, IL (2007-08)



  • CD “Poems From the Song Dynasty” (Pacific Audio/Video - China, 2012). Symphonic Suite in 7 Parts.
  • CD “The Great Wall Quartet” (Archimusic - Taiwan, 2012) 
  • CD “Odyssey: 11 American Premieres for Flute and Piano” (Innova Recordings - US, 2011). "Best of 2012 – Top Classical albums" by Philadelphia City Paper.
  • CD “String Poetic: Chinese Folk Tunes On Cello” (Pacific Audio/Video - China, 2011). The first publicly released Blu-Spec CD in China. Also released in CD and 5.1 surround formats. 
  • CD “Billy Collins Suite” (Cedille Records - US, 2009). “CD of the Week” by Chicago Tribune (Nov, 2009).
  • CD “The Grand Canal” (Pacific Audio/Video - China, 2009). Symphonic Suite in 7 Parts. Commissioned by China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. 
  • DVD, CD “Eternal Beloved - Original Score from the Motion Picture” (Steller Mega Films CO., Ltd./China Film Group, 2009)
  • DVD, CD “the Henry Mancini Institute – Free Music Festival” (Henry Mancini Institute - US, 2006)
  • CD “2001/2002 Season selections from The Curtis Institute of Music” (Curtis Institute of Music - US, 2002)



  • Nominated for Best Classical Album, Best Album Producer, and Best Instrumental Performance (won), 24th Taiwan Golden Melody Awards (2013)
  • Excellence Award, 16th National Music Award, The Ministry of Culture of P.R.China (2012)
  • The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Glick Award (2011)
  • First Prize, Washington International Composition Competition (2009)
  • First Prize, ASCAP and Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition (2009)
  • 100 Important Audio and Video Publications of 2009, General Administration of Press and Publication of P.R.China
  • Symphonic Suite The Grand Canal performed during a nationally televised celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China (2009). Theme at 2010 Shanghai World Expo. 
  • Symphony in C Composers Awards (2008)
  • ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards (2004, 05, 07)
  • Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute (2006)
  • Composition Fellowship, Aspen Music Festival (2005)
  • American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings (2005)
  • Presser Music Award (2004)
  • Composition Fellowship, Fontainebleau Music Festival, France (2004)
  • Composition Fellowship, Tanglewood Music Center (2002)


Member, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Website: www.ZhouTianMusic.com