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Henry Zhao

Associate Orchestra Concerto Competition Winner

Henry Zhao, 18, is a senior at Mission San Jose High School. He has played the flute for 8 years and piccolo for 6 years, and he currently studies under the tutelage of Professor Isabelle Chapuis.  Henry is the main piccoloist for his high school’s Wind Ensemble and volunteers as music librarian. In junior high, he was the co-principal flutist in the Wind Ensemble and received the Director’s Award for Band in 2020.

Outside of school, Henry actively auditions and participates in honor ensembles. He has been a member of the CBDA All-State Honor Bands for 5 years and was selected as the piccoloist for both the 2023 and 2024 High School Wind Symphony. Additionally, he has participated in the NCBA All-Northern Honor Band for 6 years, performing as a piccoloist for 3 years and receiving 2 scholarships. In the summer of 2022, he performed in the Wiener Musikverein’s Golden Hall in Vienna, Austria in the Honors Performance Series High School Honor Band, and is set to perform at the Royal Festival Hall in London this July under the same program. Henry has also performed in programs at various universities, including the University of the Pacific and San Jose State University.

In his free time, Henry likes to tinker with computers and electronics. He will be attending Carnegie Mellon University this fall.

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