The promising young cellist Mi Zhou, born in 1984, began her Cello studies with her grandfather at the age of seven. She obtained her Bachelor Degree at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore, under the guidance of Nella Hunkins (Principal Cellist with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra) and the Postgraduate Diploma in the same institution, studying with Li-Wei Qin, obtaining a full scholarship in both occasions. She had her Master Degree (soloist) with Thomas Demenga in Musik-Akademie Basel in Switzerland. She had attended many master classes of renowed cellists, including Jian Wang, Minqing Yu, Li-Wei Qin, Christian Wojtiwitzm, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, David Geringas and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi.
She won several musical competitions, as the Faber music prize in Performing. She also got the best performance’s prize on Aleksander Lason’s piece in the Jozef Drohomirecki at the 3rd International Cello Solo competition in Poland. She won the 1st prize in Rahn music prize competition 2010 for string instruments and she gave her solo concert in 2010, playing Saint Saens cello concerto with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at Tonhalle in Zurich. She is also a prize winner of PRIX CS JEUNES SOLISTES (Credit Suisse) in 2010.
Mi Zhou’s rich soloist career began in 2003, when she has been invited to perform in the Hua Yi Music Festival in Singapore. In 2004 she won the 1st prize of the concerto competition in Yong Siew Toh Conservatory. In 2005, she made her solo debut at Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore. She appeared with the Basel Chamber Orchestra in her graduation concert in Basel Switzerland, and in 2011 she did her debut recital at Lucerne Festival. One of her last engagement as soloist has been with Nurenberg Symphony Orchestra in 2015.
As orchestra musician, the cellist played with Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.
As an active chamber musician, Mi Zhou has collaborated with artist such as Junyi Ma, Jennen Ngiau-Keng, Yi Wang, Wen Zhu, Josephine St Leon, Anh Son Bui, Zhou Qian, Jun Zuo, Manchin Zhang and Christian Wojtowicz in venues across Australia and Asia. Her quartet performs regularly in the Esplanade Concert Hall, the YSTCM Concert Hall, the Art House and the President residence. As a Member of piano trio, She also performed in Swiss Chamber music Festival 2011.