Chinese-born American Qian Zhou is recognized internationally as a violinist, recording artist and teacher of the first rank. After achieving great success at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Competition where she was awarded the First Grand Prize and all five major prizes, she has been a frequent recitalist and soloist with orchestras in Europe, United States, Asia and Africa.
Qian Zhou has enjoyed successful artistic collaborations with many of the world’s great orchestras including all the Baltimore Symphony, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish, Bournemouth Symphony, China National Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, National Orchestra of Ile de France, New Japan Philharmonic, Osaka Symphony, Rome Symphony, Russian Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Shanghai Symphony, Spanish National, Taipei Symphony and the Vienna Chamber Orchestras among others while recital highlights include performances at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Centre, Royal Festival Hall, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and the Vienna Concert Hall.
Qian Zhou has made ten CDs with the labels Naxos, Hugo, and Hungaraton. Her recording of the Beethoven concerto was described by Henry Roth in The Strad as “technically impeccable … burnished with beautifully-focused tone, a vibrato that spans the full gamut of colour, and an astute sense of pacing, all replete with sensitive nuances.”
In 2003, she became the founding Head of Strings at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Qian Zhou is currently the Chair of the artist committee and jury of Singapore International Violin Competition and Artistic Director of Singapore Violin Festival. Qian Zhou plays a 1757 J.B. Guadagnini, generously loaned by the late Mr. Rin Kei Mei and Mrs. Rin Kei Mei.
(Status 2018, Source: Qian Zhou)