Yi Zhou, Viola

Yi Zhou, Viola

Chinese-born violist Yi Zhou won 1st League Competition and the 2005 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto  Competition. The latter led to a public performance of the David Viola Concerto.

Yi Zhou has given solo performances in London (including a recital in the celebrated St Martin–in-the-Fields church), Edinburgh (including performances at the 2008  Edinburgh Festival Fringe), and Singapore. He has performed in master classes with David Takeno, Paul Silverthorne, and Annette Isserlis. In 2008 Yi Zhou was selected  from worldwide auditions to participate in the Pacific Music Festival (established in  1990 by Leonard Bernstein) in Tokyo as Principal Viola of the PMF Orchestra under  the baton of Fabio Luisi. He has recently been invited to return to the Festival in 2009  and 2010. Yi Zhou has also worked with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the  Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recently, Yi Zhou won a highly competitive scholarship to study with Paul Coletti  with Artist diploma degree at Colburn school, Los Angeles. In 2008, Yi Zhou studied  (on full scholarship) with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory,  Boston. Before coming to the United States Yi Zhou studied viola (on full  scholarship) with Jiri Heger at Singapore’s prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory  (partner institution of the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University), graduating  with a Bachelor Music degree in 2008  prizes in the 2007 British Royal Overseas