VC YOUNG ARTIST | Hao Zhou, 23 – Montreal Violin Competition 1st Prize Winner

23-year-old violinist Hao Zhou is building an international reputation as an emerging young concert artist of outstanding potential

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23-year-old American violinist Hao Zhou is building an international reputation as an emerging young soloist and chamber musician of outstanding potential.

A graduate of the Colburn School, where he studied with Martin Beaver, Hao was awarded 1st prize at the 2019 Montreal International Violin Competition – and 1st prize as a member of the VC Young Artist Viano String Quartet at the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

“Performing is my life and the joy of connecting with an audience through music is something I live for each day, and I'm blessed to have found three other phenomenal musicians who share that passion … having a career as both a soloist and chamber musician would be a dream come true for me,” Hao has this week told The Violin Channel.

His recent performances include solo engagements with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Colburn Orchestra and Downey Symphony Orchestra.

Hao currently performs on a 1783 Joseph & Antonio Gagliano violin – on generous loan from the Aftergood Family.

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU & CHIHARU IINUMA | WIENIAWSKI | POLONAISE BRILLANTE NO. 2 IN A MAJOR | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU | SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR | 2ND MVT | ALEXANDER SHELLEY & ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU & CHIHARU IINUMA | RAVEL | TZIGANE | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST VIANO STRING QUARTET | DEBUSSY | STRING QUARTET IN G MINOR | 1ST MVT | 2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION | JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU | SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR | 3RD MVT | ALEXANDER SHELLEY & ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST VIANO STRING QUARTET | BEETHOVEN | STRING QUARTET OP. 59 NO. 3 | 4TH MVT | 2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION | JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU & CHIHARU IINUMA | FRANCK | VIOLIN SONATA IN A MAJOR | 4TH MVT | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU | SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR | CADENZA | ALEXANDER SHELLEY & ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST VIANO STRING QUARTET | SCHUBERT | STRING QUARTET NO. 15 | 1ST MVT | 2019 BANFF INTERNATIONAL STRING QUARTET COMPETITION | JOINT-1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU & CHIHARU IINUMA | MESSIAEN | THEME AND VARIATIONS | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

VC YOUNG ARTIST HAO ZHOU | SHOSTAKOVICH VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1 IN A MINOR | 4TH MVT | ALEXANDER SHELLEY & ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL | 2019 CONCOURS MUSICAL INTERNATIONAL DE MONTRÉAL | 1ST PRIZE

 

Name: Hao Zhou
Instrument: 1783 Joseph & Antonio Gagliano violin
Bow: Thomas Dignan
Accessories: Kun Bravo Shoulder Rest | Thomastik Vision Solo Strings | Larica Gold II Rosin
Teachers: Martin Beaver | Henry Gronnier | Danielle Belen | Aimee Kreston
Schools: Colburn Conservatory of Music
Website: ​haozhouviolin.com
Facebook: ​facebook.com/haozhouviolin
Instagram: @haotoplayviolin