Masterclass December 9th, and recital December 10th
Nancy Zhou (born January 5, 1993) is an American violinist. She was the first prize winner of the 2009 Johansen International Competition and of the 2009 Chinese International Violin Competition, a semi-finalist in the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, a finalist and recipient of the Rastor special award for the best performance of Kaija Saariaho’s Tocar at the 2010 Sibelius International Violin Competition in Helsinki, Finland, a Laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth Competition, a semifinalist and winner of the top prize for Best Performance of Paganini Caprices at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, a semifinalist at the 2015 Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition, and a finalist at the 2015 Sibelius International Violin Competition. Zhou has performed as a soloist with the China National Symphony Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Oulu Symphony, Central Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta, and several other orchestras, and has performed recitals in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the United States. She has collaborated with conductors Christopher Seaman, Sakari Oramo, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, Ken-David Masur, Anna-Maria Helsing, Atso Almila, Jurjen Hempel, John Storgårds, and Hannu Lintu.
Since 2008, she has been sponsored by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation, frequently collaborating with the German violinist on tours in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. and receiving scholarships generously endowed by the foundation. Zhou is currently using an 1843 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, lent by the foundation.
Zhou was born in San Antonio, Texas, and is a graduate of the Keystone School in San Antonio. She began violin study at age four with her father, Long Zhou, who continued to be her teacher throughout her youth. She graduated from Harvard University in 2017.