Young Talents The scholarship holders

Violin & viola Nancy Zhou

Nancy Zhou, born in 1993, is a native of San Antonio, TX and a graduate of Harvard University. Influenced in music by her father and teacher, Long Zhou, Nancy gave her first recital at the age of 5 in her hometown and made her orchestral debut at 9. Alongside current studies with her father and individual support from Anne-Sophie Mutter, she has additionally studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory and with David Nadien in New York.

Nancy Zhou, born in 1993, is a native of San Antonio, TX and a graduate of Harvard University. Influenced in music by her father and teacher, Long Zhou, Nancy gave her first recital at the age of 5 in her hometown and made her orchestral debut at 9. Alongside current studies with her father and individual support from Anne-Sophie Mutter, she has additionally studied with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory and with David Nadien in New York. 

A prizewinner at many international competitions, Nancy Zhou is the recipient of top prizes, including the first prize at the 2009 Johansen International Violin Competition, the Rastor Special Prize Award for Kaija Saariaho’s Tocar at the 2010 Sibelius International Violin Competition, and the Paganini Prize at the 2014 Indianapolis Violin Competition. She is also a laureate of the 2012 Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition.

As a chamber musician and soloist, Nancy Zhou gave her professional debut with the San Antonio Symphony in 2009, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Since then, she has gone on to perform with the Finnish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Belgium, Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Helsinki Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Baden-Baden Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Munich Symphony, among other international orchestras. Nancy has collaborated with such conductors as Sakari Oramo, Yasuo Shinozaki, Ken-David Masur, Christopher Seaman, Sebastian Lang-Lessing, and Jean-Jacques Kantarow. 

A frequent participant in international music festivals, Nancy has performed at the Festpiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Ravinia Festival, and the Verbier Festival. She has appeared in recitals in Asia and the US, frequently appearing in universities across Texas and the greater Boston area. During the summer of 2015, she gave a recital in Macau, the net proceeds of which were donated to the Red Cross Foundation. Nancy Zhou has also performed chamber music in Cambridge, Boston, Switzerland, and Germany. 

Since 2008, Nancy Zhou has been a recipient of the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation. In addition to individual support, Anne-Sophie Mutter has invited Nancy to collaborate with her on concert tours in Europe, Taiwan, South Korea, and China. November 2014 marked Nancy’s debut with Mutter at Carnegie Hall, where she performed Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. 

Highlights from 2017 included Nancy’s China debut with the China National Symphony Orchestra in Beijing’s National Center for the Performing Arts, recitals in Shanghai and Taipei, and her debut with the Shanghai Philharmonic at the end of the year. In the summer of 2017 she visited the Encore Chamber Music Festival as faculty member, providing guidance to young musicians.  

Nancy Zhou plays a violin by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume dated 1843 generously lent to her by the Anne-Sophie Mutter Foundation.

2017

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