Tingting Yao, APD

Staff Pianist

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Tingting Yao

About Tingting Yao

Tingting Yao is currently Staff Pianist at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Before moving to UofM, she was a freelance pianist in Oklahoma City area, such as the University of Oklahoma, and University of Central Oklahoma.

 Tingting is active as a collaborative pianist and chamber musician with singers and instrumentalists throughout North America, UK and China. Since moving to the US in 2016, She has performed in the Mid-South Flute Festival (UofM), Mid-South Horn Workshop (UCA), NASA Regional IV (OSU). She has also worked as a collaborative pianist at the Interlochen Center of the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Festivals including SongFest (LA), Oxford International Piano Festival (UK), Cadenza International Summer Music School (UK), Lake District Summer Music International Festival (UK). She is joining Collaborative Piano Institute and Pittsburg Festival Opera in summer 2019 as a collaborative pianist.

While in the UK, Tingting was flourishing as collaborative pianist when studying at Birmingham Conservatoire. Competition awards as an accompanist include Ambache Prize Performance of Music by Woman Composers, Delia hall Accompanist Prize for Pianists, Andrew Downes Performance Prize, Winfred micklam Prize, BC String Prize, BC Percussion Prize. Soloist awards include Beyl Chempin Beethoven Prize for Pianists, Renna Kellaway Piano Recital Prize.


Prior to studying in the UK, Tingting was selected from the pianists all over the world to work at Lang Lang Music World—Lang Lang’s first piano school in Shenzhen, China.  As a full time piano teacher, she and her students benefit from Lang Lang, Yafen Zhu (Lang Lang’s first piano teacher) and many world-renowned piano professors through masterclasses and recitals. Highlights include Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor (1st mov) with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra at Lang Lang’s “Love, Together” charity concert in 2012; “Golden Trumpet” trumpet recital at the Beautiful Sunday Concert Series and Shenzhen Singers Music Association Gala Concert in Shenzhen Concert Hall. She has also performed Mozart “Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major, K.382” with the German Baden-Württemberg Symphony Orchestra for Tongji University’s 100th Anniversary Concert in Shanghai, China in 2007.

 Tingting holds an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma (APD) in Collaborative Piano, a Master of Music in Piano Accompaniment (with Distinction) in Birmingham Conservatoire, United Kingdom, a Master of Music from The University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree from Tongji University, China.