Marianne Zhao is a pianist and the administrative director of Dragon Culture Exchange NGO which organizes cultural events between Europe and Asia. Marianne is the guest professor at the China Zhengzhou Education College as well as a senior teacher at Kose Music School. She has studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and holds a piano master’s degree and a chamber music master’s degree from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Marianne has given recitals in Denmark, Estonia, the UK, Ireland, China, and participated in numerous masterclasses: Stephen Hough, Steven Osborne, Hilary Coates, Julius Drake, Aaron Shorr, Francesco Florenza, Fali Pavri, etc. She was awarded the 1st prize at the 9th Piano Festival–Competition in Mexico. Marianne is the co-founder of the ODIN International Music Festival which annually takes place in Tallinn. Her recent engagements include giving lectures and masterclasses in China and being in the jury of the 8th Asian International Youth Piano Open Competition in Hong Kong.