York is an accomplished pianist having played at Carnegie Hall at the ages of 9, 11 and 13. He started playing at 4 years old, his brother Lucas was his first teacher, and takes private lessons in NYC every weekend. Until Covid-19 York also took lessons at the Mannes School of Music, NYC.
York has won prizes in other international piano competitions too. One of them was 2nd prize in American Protégé. In 2019, PBS radio featured him as Classic music student of the Month. Here is the link: https://www.pbs.org/video/april-2019-york-zhou-olorfk/
When York entered the competition, he registered as an OLLCHS student. During his performances he proudly wore the OLLCHS uniform.
The links are the piano pieces played by York Zhou for the competition.
According to their website, Piano League is run by professional pianists, and is the official partner of numerous major piano competitions in the world, including the Beethoven International Piano Competition Bonn and the Liszt International Piano Competition.