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Six Questions: Hao Zhou, Violin

Get To Know the Festival's 2018 Fellows
July 28, 2018

Violinist HAO ZHOU, 20, has received awards in numerous competitions, such as the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition, the Edith Knox Performance Competition, and the Downey Young Artists Concerto Competition. As a violinist of the Viano Quartet, Zhou was a prize winner in the 9th International Osaka Chamber Music Competition and Festa, held in 2017. He was named “Artist of the Year in Instrumental Music” by the Orange County Register in 2014 and was included in their article These Orange County Kids Have What It Takes to Succeed. Mr. Zhou currently studies with Martin Beaver at the Colburn Conservatory of Music.

What is a favorite non-musical activity / what do you enjoy doing on your down time?

I enjoy playing highly competitive board games with friends.

What are the first 5 items on your playlist?

I’ve never made a playlist, but it would probably have lots of classical favorites.

What book are you currently reading?

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Why did you choose your instrument?

My parents chose it. They made an excellent choice.

Do you have any pre-concert traditions?

I squat, and vault straight up with great force while puffing out a huge breath and lifting imaginary dumbbells. I call it “centering up.”

If you could create and play in any chamber ensemble, whom would it include?

A trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax!

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