Qiao “Ciao” Zheng Goh is a sought after collaborative pianist that performs throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Passionate about contemporary music, she regularly participates in contemporary composers conferences, and coaches vocal music with leading composers and vocalists. She was the pianist for the North Carolina charity gala of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain, performing selections from the opera with its star vocalists. Recent concert engagements include performing for the Governor of North Carolina and the North Carolina Arts Council. Ciao is Music Director/Opera Répétiteur, as well as a vocal coach, at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Performing on historic keyboard instruments is also one of her passions. Ciao studied the history of keyboard instruments with renowned musicologist John Koster at National Music Museum in South Dakota where she performed on its collection of historic keyboard instruments. Recently, she has performed on harpsichord in opera productions and on various fortepianos in salon concerts including an 1842 Pleyel and an 1876 Broadwood and Sons. Ciao has also been fortunate enough to play some important historic organs by Graziadio Antegnati, including those at the Basilica di Santa Barbara in Mantua, and in Asola, Italy.
Ciao holds a Bachelor of Music (HONS.) and Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano. Her past teachers include Susan Keith Gray, Bang Hean Loo, and Maggie Foo. Ciao continues to further her professional development by playing for masterclasses with world renowned musicians such as, Martin Katz, Barbara Bonney, Sherill Milnes, Mark Padmore, and Lucas Meachem, as well as attending the International Performing Arts Institute (IPAI) in Germany where she studied with Michael Strauss and Ellen Rissinger. Ciao is fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, and Hakka dialect; she is currently working on conversational ability in German, Italian, and French.
Over the summer of 2019, Ciao tours in Europe with Met mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez on Carmen Inside Out and on faculty in Verona, Italy as Staff Accompanist at Opera Viva!