Tingting Yao has been playing the piano since the age of three and winning a number of competitions in China from an early age. She was subsequently selected for the primary school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Tingting continued her studies at Tongji University and Melbourne University where she received a Masters in Piano Performance. Following graduation Tingting was selected from pianists all over the world to teach with Lang Lang when he established his first piano school – Lang Lang Music World in Shenzhen, China.
Alongside teaching, Tingting continued to develop as a performing musician. Highlights included the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra for Lang Lang’s “Love, Together” charity concert and a highly successful concert with the trumpet player of the China National Symphony Orchestra. Tingting worked closely with the Music Faculty of Shenzhen University and played chamber music regularly with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra in the Shenzhen Concert Hall for events such as the “Saturday Music Afternoon Tea” & “Beautiful Sunday” programmes as well as classical music concert series in the Bao’an and LoHuo Concert Halls.
Tingting has completed her Master’s Degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015, graduating with distinction in piano accompaniment. She received: the Denis Matthews Memorial Trust Award (DMMT); the Renna Kellaway Piano Recital Prize; and, the Beryl Chempin Beethoven Prize. As an accompanist, Tingting shared first place in the Andrew Downes Prize; the Winifred Micklam Prize; BC Strings Prize; Ambache Prize for the Performance of Music by Woman Composers. In September 2015, Tingting commenced study on Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (Professional Performance) with John Thwaites, Julian Jacobson and Pascal Nemirovski on a full scholarship. She continues to flourish and is in high demand as a collaborative pianist and a chamber musician in the Birmingham Conservatoire.
Future engagements include concerts in Birmingham, St George’s, Stratford, Warrington, St John’s Smith Square and Cheltenham.