Zhou Yi

Zhou Yi

Currently Huqin Co-Principal and Gaohu Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Zhou Yi was born in Shanghai, and started learning the qin at the age of five. She had won several prizes including a Class One Award at the 3rd ‘Dunhuang Cup’ Ethnic Instrumental Music Competition. She entered the primary school affiliated to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1992, and went on to its Middle School and the Conservatory proper after. During her undergraduate years, she also took guqin as her second major. When she graduated, she was the top student in both specialism and cultural studies. She was therefore recommended to pursue the postgraduate course in Erhu Performance at the Conservatory with exemption from the entrance examination. She was awarded a Master’s degree in Chinese Orchestral Music and gave two successful solo recitals and graduation concerts. 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. 


Upon joining the HKCO in 2008, Zhou has given many solo performances in concerts, building a repertoire that includes My Motherland, Ode to Chu, The Butterfly Lovers, Wild Geese Landing on the Sandbank, The Sound of Water and Reflections of a Star-lit Sky on the Lake.  She has also performed as an ensemble member in many HKCO concert series, such as ‘HKCO4U’, ‘Chinese Chamber Music à la Liu Xing’, ‘String Stories’ and ‘Bravura Strings – Huqin Quartet’. She was part of the ensemble in the touring concert, ‘Collision@Chongqing’. To date, Zhou has premiered many guqin pieces by composers from various regions, and has performed guqin in dozens of concerts. The orchestras she has collaborated with include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Shanghai Opera House Orchestra and the Macao Chinese Orchestra.