Pre-College, Violin

Violinist Jin Zhou was born into a musical family in Wuhan, China. She is the first prize winner of the 25th Italy Barletta Musician International Competition, first prize winner of the China National Chamber Competition, and also received the top prize at the Malta International Strings Competition. As an active recitalist and chamber musician, Zhou performs regularly with the China National Symphony Orchestra, Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra, Taiwan Salut Festival Orchestra, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, among others. She has given recitals at world-renowned venues and festivals including the International Summer Academy in Austria, Dvorak Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Harz Classix in Germany, and the Izmir Music Festival in Turkey. Zhou was also invited to be concertmaster of the Asia Youth Orchestra for their 2009 Asia Tour.

Zhou serves as faculty at Soochow University, Suzhou SUST, and Zhejiang Conservatory of Music Middle School since 2014. Her students have won top prizes in many competitions, such as the International Music Competition London Grand Prize Virtuoso, Moscow International Music Competition, Citta di Massa International Competition for Young Musicians, and Hong Kong International String Competition. She was also invited as a guest faculty at summer festivals and academies such as Taiwan Salut music festival and Yasar Chamber Music Academy in Turkey.

Zhou received her Master’s degrees from Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, studying with Boris Garlitsky and Shanghai Conservatory of Music, studying with Shisheng Zheng.