© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group on behalf of The Korean Ceramic Society and The Ceramic Society of Japan.2.5Bi(Zn0.5Zr0.5)O3−37.5BiScO3−60PbTiO3 (BZZ-BS-PT) ceramics were successfully textured in the  by templated grain growth (TGG) process using 5 vol% <001>-oriented BaTiO3 (BT) plate-like templates. The templates were aligned in the matrix powder via tape casting and textured BZZ-BS-PT ceramics sintered at 1100°C for 3 h in air had a relative density of 98% and a Lotgering factor of 0.91. Chemically stable BT templates in Pb and Bi-rich BZZ-BS-PT system gave rise to the formation of highly oriented polycrystalline structure with larger block-like grains. A very high unipolar strain of 0.3% and low-field (<5 kV/cm) piezoelectric charge coefficient (d33) of 930 pm/V when driven at 50 kV/cm were achieved in highly textured ceramics together with a Curie temperature (T C) of 403°C. The TGG approach significantly improved piezoelectric properties of the BZ-BS-PT ceramic system without deteriorating the dielectric properties, which is a very promising high-performance candidate for high-temperature sensor, transducer and actuator applications.