Born in Tianjin, China, WEICHENG ZHAO began his musical training at the age of five. After receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008, he was appointed a full-time faculty member of the Electone Organ at the Tianjin Conservatory of Music. He came to the United States in 2009 to pursue the study of the pipe organ with Professor Cherry Rhodes at the USC Thornton School of Music. Upon completing his Master of Music degree in organ performance, he received the distinction of Outstanding Graduate at the master’s level of the entire Thornton School of Music. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at USC.
Among numerous scholarships and awards, he received the prestigious People’s Government Scholarship. Out of 20 million college, university, and conservatory students, Zhao was one of 30 students chosen to receive the nomination for 2007 Student of the Year. That same year, Weicheng was the first prize winner at the Yamaha National Electronic Organ Competition held in Shanghai, which qualified him to compete in the 43rd Yamaha International Electronic Organ Competition in Tokyo, Japan. Included in his performance were Jubilation, his own composition, and his transcription of Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. His First Prize win was the first time a Chinese entrant won this competition, which is recognized as the most significant of its kind in the world.
Zhao was the first-prize winner in the Miami International Organ Competition and the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition. He received the Second Prize and the Audience Prize in the prestigious Ruth and Clarence Mader National Organ-Playing Competition in 2010 and 2013. From 2012 to 2015, he was organist at St. Bede the Venerable Roman Catholic Church in La Cañada Flintridge and is now Associate Organist-Choirmaster at All Saints Church in Pasadena.