Having performed in three different continents, Yi Zhao is a rising star versatile in many genres and repertoire. Her recent achievements consist of winning the concerto competition at the Shepherd School of Music and performing in a recital with a world-class pianist Jon Kimura Parker as well as with soloists Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, and Norman Fischer.
Born in Henan, China, Ms. Zhao has excelled in both solo and ensemble playing. Her chamber music experience ranges from performing with Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carerras at the Sun Festival in Singapore to concert series at Carnegie Hall and the Peabody Institute with Michael Kannen. Appearance at the Canetti Music Festival in Veneto, Italy also marked Ms. Zhao’s first performance in Europe. In addition to various performances, Ms. Zhao had also worked with many world-renown musicians. In master classes, she has worked with David Takeno, Norman Fischer, Renaud Capucon, Herbert Greenberg, Keng-Yuen Tseng, and Elita Kang. Her chamber music study includes coachings from Emmanuel Ax, Pamela and Claude Frank as well as Samuel Rhodes at the Tanglewood Music Center. She has also worked with Glenn Dicterow, Jorja Fleezanis, and Kathleen Winkler at Music Academy of the West in 2013.
Her solo accomplishments include her winning the concerto competitions at both of her universities. In 2011, she performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in Singapore and will be performing the Korngold Violin Concerto in Houston on October 2013.
She has studied with Zhou Qian and received her Bachelor’s of Music at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore in 2007 and recently finished her Master’s study under Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in May 2013 (US). The violin she is playing is made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in 1999, generous loaned by Noah Bialostozky. She will be joining the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in the 2014-15 season.
This performance marks Yi Zhao’s La Jolla Music Society debut.