From left to right: Jin Zhou, Bo Zhang, Andrew Tyson

From left to right: Jin Zhou, Bo Zhang, Andrew Tyson


The Tianjin Juilliard School announces three new appointments to its Pre-College studio faculty roster for the 2022-2023 academic year. They are violinist Jin Zhou, cellist Bo Zhang, and pianist Andrew Tyson. The school places great importance on finding the ideal faculty to teach, mentor, and guide our students who are in the early stages of their lifelong journeys of learning music and developing their unique artistic voices.

We are fortunate to have Zhou, Zhang, and Tyson join our formidable roster of teachers from around the globe to support Tianjin Juilliard’s pedagogical mission.

Robert Ross, associate dean of Pre-College and Educational Development

Trained at the finest conservatories in the United States, Europe, and Asia, and recognized as successful teachers and performing artists, Zhou, Zhang, and Tyson bring to our students a globally-minded approach to music education, and will equip them with the tools they need for future success.

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. 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 also 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. 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.

Cellist Bo Zhang has been a faculty member at Minzu University of China since 2018, and joined the China Philharmonic Orchestra in 2014. He joined the cello section of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, and Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra as the associate principal in 2009. As a young musician, he studied cello with Professor Na Mula and Professor Li Wang at the Pre-College School of Music of Minzu University of China. Zhang obtained his Bachelor of Music majoring in Cello Performance at the Texas Christian University (TCU), where he studied with Jesus Castro-Balbi.

In 2011, Zhang earned his Master of Music majoring in Cello Performance under the supervision of Professor Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music. At Yale, Zhang studied chamber music under Kazuhide Isomura, was a member of the Yale Cellos, was invited to join the Dean’s Student Council, and won the Aldo Parisot Prize at Yale University. In 2013, he was admitted with full scholarship to the University of Toronto in Canada to work on his doctoral degree majoring in Cello Performance, where he studied under Shauna Rolston and Tim Ying.

Hailed by BBC Radio 3 as “a real poet of the piano,” American pianist Andrew Tyson brings a distinctive and imaginative approach to everything he plays. In summer 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes. Tyson is also a laureate of the Leeds International Piano Competition where he won the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, awarded by the orchestra and conductor Sir Mark Elder, with whom he enjoys an ongoing relationship.

As a soloist, Tyson has performed with orchestras from the North Carolina Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Alice Tully Hall, to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Symphony, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Musikkollegium Winterthur and the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Recital appearances include major cities across the US and Europe at venues such as Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Zürich Tonhalle and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater. Tyson’s festival performances include Caramoor Centre for the Music and the Arts, the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, the Lucerne Piano Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Japan and the Musica Viva festival in Sydney. Tyson studied with Claude Frank at The Curtis Institute of Music, and with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School.