Founder, Director - International Spotlight Performing Arts
Program Director - International Spotlight Piano School 張瑩亮點國際鋼琴學校
Rice University DMA
Indiana University MM
Oberlin Conservatory BM
Dr. Zhang has more than 20 years of teaching, and two decades of performance experiences. The culmination of her unique background led her to become one of the most sought after piano teachers in Houston, TX. Dr. Zhang is highly skilled in teaching piano students of all ages, many of her students are award winners on local, national, and international stages. Prior to founding the Ying Zhang International Spotlight Piano School in 2009, She has been on the faculty of the Alvin Community College, Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. She also served as teaching assistant at Oberlin Conservatory and at Indiana University. Inspired by her participations with full scholarships in many of the world's most prestigious Summer Music Festivals, such as Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Summer Piano Festival SUNY New Paltz, and the Las Vegas International Summer Music Festival, Dr. Zhang founded the International Spotlight Performing Arts to help young musicians to become better performers, and to organize outreach music events to build strong connections between performers and their audiences. She also volunteers to help other music organizations such as Mika Hasler Competition year after year. Her most recent project is working as the co-producer for “Heart Moved by Piano” and Southern “Chopin” International Piano Competition, It is a cultural exchange program between students of China and the U.S.A..
Born in Minsk, Belarus, Anna Yukho started playing piano at age six under the tutelage of her mother, Irina Lazareva. In 1999 she made her debut with the Belarusian State Chamber Orchestra performing Piano Concerto No. 5 by J. S. Bach. Prizewinner of the International Piano Competition in Memory of Arthur Rubinstein in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Anna received her first award at the age of ten as a winner of the International Chopin Piano Competition in Antonin, Poland. In 2003, she became a prizewinner of the International Piano Competition “Music of Hope” in Gomel, Belarus. In 2015, she won the Pianist’s Award of the isa15 – International Summer Academy of the mdw in Reichenau, Austria. During her career, Anna has appeared at important venues such as Weill Recital Hall – Carnegie Hall and Klavierhaus in New York during the Mannes Sounds Festival, and Flagey Radio and Concert Hall in Belgium. Anna has participated in international festivals such as Vladimir’s Spivakov’s charity festival “Moscow Meets Friends”, Pianofest in the Hamptons, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival. She has also given performances in Belgium, Italy, Austria, Holland, Poland, and Russia. As a soloist, Anna has performed several times with the Belarusian State Chamber and Symphony Orchestra. Anna’s numerous scholarships and awards include Tuition Scholarship from Mannes School of Music in New York, the Marian Marcus Wahl Memorial Award, the Woods Chandler Scholarship and the Henry & Lucy Moses Fellowship from the Yale School of Music, the Musical Club of Hartford Scholarship, and The Marilyn G. Lummis Prize from Rice University, Shepherd School of Music. Anna Yukho is currently studying with Dr. Robert Roux at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University as an Artist Diploma candidate. From early childhood, Anna attended the Republican Gymnasium-College under the Belarusian State Academy of Music, a music school for gifted children, in her native Minsk, Belarus. In 2013, she graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Music in Minsk where she studied with Professor Igor Olovnikov. Anna graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Mannes School of Music in 2015 where she studied with the legendary pianist Vladimir Feltsman. In 2017 she graduated with a Master of Musical Arts from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Boris Berman and Peter Frankl.
Jeremy is an active collaborative pianist and teacher in Houston, Texas, as well as the current acting Assistant Director of AURA Contemporary Ensemble at the University of Houston. He is also the organist and pianist for Beautiful Savior Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Originally from Spokane, WA, he received two bachelor’s degrees, in piano performance and horn performance, at Eastern Washington University. He received a Master of Music degree at Western Michigan University and will be completing a second Master’s Degree at the University of Houston specializing in collaborative piano in 2021. His teachers include Timothy Hester for collaborative piano, Dr. Jody Graves for piano, and Kendall Feeney for collaborative piano and contemporary music. Jeremy was awarded the James Edmonds Collaborative Pianist Award two years in a row for 2012 and 2013 in addition to receiving the James Edmonds Scholarship at Eastern Washington University. When available, he loves accompanying and coaching students for UIL and Solo & Ensemble competitions. Jeremy has a wide range of teaching experiences including private studio teaching of all ages, coaching, lectures, masterclasses, and teaching methods classes at the university level. His biggest passion is chamber music and working collaboratively with other musicians, and he hopes to inspire future generations through the world of collaborative relationships.
Music Theory and Ear Training Teacher
The 2019-2020 academic school year marks the 17th consecutive year of teaching piano lessons for Hannah Gronseth and she has been playing piano for more than 30 years now. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Houston where she studied Piano and Music Composition and majored in Music Theory. She also enjoyed participating in a vocal jazz ensemble and four years of choir throughout her college years. Before attending the University of Houston, she also studied piano and music composition for a year at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee which gave her great exposure to some incredible Jazz and Classical piano teachers and helped to round her out as both a classical and popular music pianist. Her music experience includes teaching piano, voice, music composition and theory at her own studio, Gronseth Piano Studio, as well as serving as a worship leader for more than 10 years at Trinity Fellowship Church, playing weddings, funerals and accompanying for various other events. Outside of teaching, Hannah Gronseth currently sings with the Houston Symphony Chorus and plays piano and sings for Clear Creek Community Church. Hannah is a member of the Bay Area Music Teachers Association which is a local chapter of the Texas Music Teachers Association and also the Music Teachers National Association. She is passionate about teaching music to students of all ages and helping students use their musical gifts in their community from a young age.