Zhou Yi

Zhou Yi

Zhou Yi started learning the huqin at the age of five, and already won a Class One Award at the 3rd ‘Dunhuang Cup’ Ethnic Instrumental Music Competition the following year, when she was only six. She entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 2001, graduating in 2004 with two specialisms, huqin and guqin, with the highest scores in her class. In October the same year, she was recommended to pursue the postgraduate course in Erhu Performance at the Conservatory with exemption from the entrance examination, on the basis that she was the first ever graduate of the Conservatory’s Department of Ethnic Music to hold top scores in both her specialism and in the art form. She was awarded a Master’s degree in Chinese Orchestral Music - Erhu Performance in 2008. While at the Conservatory, she was a recipient of many scholarships, including the Scholarship for Outstanding Specialism, the Dragon’s Music Academic Award, and a People’s Scholarship - Class One Award. She is currently an erhu musician with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra and a member of the Erhu Professional Committee of the Shanghai Musicians’ Association.

Zhou was formerly the Concertmaster and Section Leader – Bowed Strings of the Youth Chinese Orchestra of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, as well as the Concertmaster of its string ensemble and Chinese chamber ensemble. She has also performed with the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House, Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe and the Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe.

She gave a solo recital in 2007 and a graduation concert in 2008, and has participated in recording for film and television as well as for record releases.