Cong Ji

Pianist Cong Ji is passionate about engaging her audiences with innovative programming and performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist. As a solo recitalist, she performs regularly in major cities in China, the United States, the Netherlands, and Portugal, among others. Ms. Ji has also given solo performances at summer festivals, including the International Holland Music Sessions, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes, the 21st Summit Music Festival, and the Sixth Viena do Castelo Music Festival. Recent NYC appearances include a solo recital at Steinway Recital Hall. A first prize-winner at the 2009 MTNA Young Artist Competition (Colorado), she has also been a prize winner in many Chinese competitions such as the 3rd Annual YAMAHA Competition (Tianjin) and the 13th Hong Kong-Asian Young Artist competition among others. Ji was selected to perform in the documentary film Seymour: An Introduction.

Ji was born in Tianjin, China and began her piano studies at the age of four. She earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Northern Colorado. At NYU, Ji was appointed as an Adjunct Faculty member, teaching studio piano lessons, keyboard harmony, and improvisation. Her interest in early music keyboard repertoire has led to studies in harpsichord and performances of the compositions of Rameau and Couperin. As an advocate of new music, she has also played solo and chamber repertoire by Elliott Carter, Lowell Liebermann, John Corigliano, and John Musto, as well as premiering music by her contemporaries.

Ji has worked with internationally renowned teachers who represent pedagogical schools in Asia, Russia, and America. Her principal teachers include Miyoko Lotto, Ursula Oppens, Martin Canin, and Jose Ramon Mendez. Additionally, she has worked with artists such as Pavel Gililov, Yin Chengzong, Alexander Kobrin, Boris Slutsky, Douglas Humpherys, Hae Sun Paik, Frank Weinstock, Ruth Slenczynska, and Seymour Bernstein.

Ji is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, under the tutelage of Ursula Oppens, Phillip Kawin and Thomas Sauer. Ms. Ji is currently on the piano faculty of Concordia College in New York.

  • Courses Taught

    Solo Piano

    Collaborative Piano, Chamber Music

    Keyboard Class Piano, Harmonization

    Piano Literature and Performance Practice

    Music Theory and Aural Skills

  • Education


    Doctor of Musical Arts,  City University of New York--Graduate Center

    CUNY Five-year Tuition Fellowship

    Piano Studies with Ursula Oppens, Thomas Sauer, Phillip Kawin



    Professional Studies, Post-Master of MusicManhattan School of Music

    Piano Studies with Phillip Kawin



    Master of Music, New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

    NYU Steinhardt Music Talent Scholarship                                

    Piano Studies with Artist Faculty Martin Canin, Miyoko Lotto, Jose Ramon Mendez


    Bachelor of Music, University of Northern Colorado   

    Graduated with Summa Cum Laude (2010) and Pi Kappa Lambda (April 2009)

    Piano Studies with Lei Weng


    Bachelor Studies, Tianjin Conservatory of Music  

    Piano Studies with Svetlana Sokolova

  • Awards

    CUNY Five-year Tuition Fellowship. Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2013-2018

    NYU Steinhardt Music Talent Scholarship. New York University, 2010-2012

    MTNA Competition—Colorado Young Artist. First Prize. Denver, Oct 2009

    UNC College of Performing and Visual Arts Music Talent Scholarship. Greeley, 2008-2010

    Thirteenth Hong Kong-Asian Young Artist Competition, Prize Winner of Bach,

    Mozart, and Rachmaninoff Divisions. Hong Kong. Jan 2007

    Third YAMAHA Piano Competition (Tianjin Division), Third Prize. Aug 2002