Amanda Zhang, 2016 Concerto Competition Winner

Amanda Zhang is the 2016 Concerto Competition Winner, performing the Max Bruch – Romanze for Viola and Orchestra, Op. 85.

Amanda Zhang is 17 years old and a senior at Savannah Arts Academy. She started piano lessons at the age of 6 with Naegali Clare von Bergen Metcalf along with her two older siblings. Amanda started playing viola when she was 11 years old with her current private teacher, Li Zhou Liu, and joined her first school orchestra in 7th Grade. She has been a member of the GMEA All-State Orchestra for the past six years and has performed in the Armstrong Youth Orchestra since the 8th grade serving as Principal Viola for the past two years.

Amanda attended the Governor’s Honors Program (2014), the South Carolina Summer Music Conservatory (2014-2015), and the High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall (2015). She attended both the String Quartet Workshop and Young Artists Orchestra at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute this past summer serving as a Principal Violist and having the opportunity to work with the Muir String Quartet, members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston University faculty, as well as play solo in a masterclass for Michael Zaretsky. This year, Amanda was a finalist in the Hilton Head Youth Concerto Competition and has also been selected as a Merit Winner for the National Young Arts Foundation.

Amanda’s other interests include learning different languages and traveling. In the past she has taught children English in China, as well as teaching viola to a foreign exchange student. Amanda especially loves performing in small chamber groups and is pursuing a career in viola performance.