Chinese-born Finnish pianist Ziteng Fan is a versatile musician who has appeared in solo recitals and chamber music concerts in the UK, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Belgium and China. She has performed as a soloist with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Camerata and the Helsinki Junior Strings. She has also appeared in various festivals, including Musica Nova Helsinki, SibaFest and Musica Mundi International Chamber Music Festival. Her musical career has been supported by a number of scholarships from organisations, such as Dartington Hall Trust, Finnish Wihuri Foundation and Martin Wegelius Foundation. She was twice selected as “Young Artist of the Year” by Zonta International and Finnish Rotary club respectively.
Ziteng is a prize winner in several piano competitions, e.g. the Helmi Vesa Piano Competition in Helsinki, Finland, in both 2012 and 2015, and the Chopin 200th Anniversary Piano Competition in China in 2010. Her recent recognitions include the Else Cross Prize and a high commendation at the Sterndale Bennett Prize in the UK.
Her career in music began at the age of four, studying piano with Professor Chaoming Chen from the Shenyang Conservatory in China. After moving to Finland with her parents at the age of seven, she studied under Hanna Kamensky at the Northwest Helsinki Music Institute before joining the Junior Department of Sibelius Academy in 2000. Under the tutorship of Hui-Ying Liu-Tawaststjerna and Juhani Lagerspetz, she graduated from Sibelius Academy with distinction in BMus in 2013. She moved to the UK in 2015, and between 2015 and 2017, she studied under the tutorship of Professor Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she graduated with distinction in MA in 2017.
Over the years, Ziteng has also participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists such as Arie Vardi, Menahem Pressler, Matti Raekallio, Olli Mustonen, Martin Canin, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Nemirovski, Erik T. Tawaststjerna, Liisa Pohjola and Ivari Ilja.
Ziteng is also a passionate and active chamber musician. Her piano trio, the Mila Piano Trio, made their debut at St. John’s Smith Square and St. James’ Piccadilly in London in the 2016/17 season and regularly gives concerts and workshops across the UK. They have been recently awarded a very high commendation and a high commendation in the Isaacs and Pirani Piano Trio Competition and the Historical Women Composers Competition in London, UK.