Dr. Yiming Zhou

Jury for Chamber Music Category; Violinist, Topeka Symphony and Springfield Symphony

As a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas, Yiming Zhou earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance in 2021. As the Principal 2nd Violin of the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Carolyn Watson, Dr. Zhou won two national-level prizes in the year 2020: the American Prize for Orchestral Performance and the Ernst Bacon Award for the Performance of American Music (as a featured soloist). Dr. Zhou was also a prizewinner of the prestigious 2014 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition and Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Strings Competitions in both 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Zhou has been a violinist (permanent position) at the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in Kansas since 2017. Before moving to Kansas in 2016, Dr. Zhou played in the first violin section (permanent position) of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Missouri while leading the William T. White String Quartet as well as the violin section of the symphony orchestra of Missouri State University, where he earned his Master of Music degree.

Throughout his performance career, Dr. Yiming Zhou has played with a wide variety of American orchestras and ballets, including Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Topeka Symphony, Kansas Sinfonietta, Kansas Ballet, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, and more in the past. Dr. Zhou has had the privilege of collaborating with world-renowned musicians such as Augustin Hadelich, Alexander Markov, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Ricardo Morales, Timothy Hagen, Simone Porter, Tessa Lark, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Ola Rafalo, Amy Glidden, Caroline Goulding, Véronique Mathieu, Blake Pouliot, Roger Frisch, Bryan Cheng, Alexander Hersh, Gabriela Martinez, Spencer Myer, Sean Chen, Alexander Tutunov, Daniel HSU, and others. Dr. Zhou has also given many solo recitals and chamber music concerts with his colleagues. Meanwhile, as an orchestral principal violinist, Dr. Zhou has worked with influential maestri: Kyle Wiley Pickett, Carolyn Watson, David Neely, Robert Quebbeman, Daniel Hege, Jung-Ho Pak, William Intriligator, David Cho, Ryan Bancroft, Troy Peters, Christopher Kelts, Zushan Bian, Urs-Michael Theus.

Dr. Zhou has been invited to participate in festivals and summer programs: Aspen Music Festival and School, Northwestern University Summer Violin Institute, International Clarinet Fest and Heartland Chamber Music Festival, to name a few. Additionally, Dr. Zhou has been invited to play in masterclasses of notable artists such as Blair Milton, Brian Lewis, David Halen, Gerardo Ribeiro, Hal Grossman, Joel Smirnoff, Lucie Robert, Roger Frisch, Susan Synnestvedt, Daniel S. Lee as well as members of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet (Frank Huang and Sheryl Staples), Borromeo String Quartet (Kris Tong), and Quatuor Hermès.

In addition to his orchestral and chamber music playing career, Dr. Zhou is engaged in music education. He worked as a violin instructor in the undergraduate division at the University of Kansas. Currently, Dr. Zhou is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians, the American String Teachers Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He is also a Suzuki string pedagogy certified instructor.