Dan Zhu

Dan Zhu

Acclaimed Violinist​

Dan Zhu is widely recognized as one of the finest Chinese musicians on the international stage today, praised as “an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production” by The Strad magazine, performing internationally in North America, Europe, and Asia. His recent triumphant performance with the Boston Symphony at the Tanglewood Festival has been raved by the critics as “truly brilliant, compelling, and polished”. He has appeared with many orchestras under the direction of Maestros Christoph Eschenbach, Zubin Mehta, Philippe Entremont, Jacek Kaspszyk, Gianandrea Noseda, Krzysztof Penderecki, Carl St.Clair, Muhai Tang, Long Yu, Jia Lv among many others, and has been invited to perform and give master classes at renown festivals, such as Salzburg Festspiele, Tanglewood, Kuhmo, Marlboro, Menton, Schleiswig-Holstein, Prades-Casals, Ravinia, and Spoleto.

Dan Zhu’s latest seasons highlights includes concerto appearances with Zubin Mehta and the Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Camerata Salzburg at the Salzburg Festspiele; the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. and on tour; the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany; Lincoln Center series in New York; Live broadcasting worldwide of his appearances at the San Siro Stadium during the 2015 Milan Expo. and “World Chinese New Year’s Gala 2015” by the international medias; China premiere of Bright Sheng’s violin concerto “Let Fly” for the opening concert of the 2014 Beijing International Modern Music Festival; Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Belgrade, Munich, Paris, Vancouver, etc. Duo recitals with Christoph Eschenbach of Mozart and Beethoven sonatas cycle at the Kennedy Center and at National Center for Performing Arts of Beijing; with Peter Frankl in the US, with Philippe Entremont and Kun Woo Paik in France, with Michel Dalberto in St. Petersburg, Russia; Chamber series with Lang Lang in Los Angeles. Artist in residencies at the Mehli Mehta Foundation in Mumbai and at the “Intimacy of Creativity” in Hong Kong. His duo recital with Tzimon Barto in Hamburg was highly acclaimed by the Die Welt as “distinctive dramaturgy of contrasts, crystalline tones with intensity and sensitivity”.

A native of Beijing, Zhu made his first public appearance at the age of nine, performing Mendelssohn’s violin concerto with the China Youth Chamber Orchestra. At age twelve he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied with Xiao-zhi Huang. Four years later he was awarded the Alexis Gregory Scholarship to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Tchaikovsky violin concerto at the age of eighteen, and won several prestigious international competitions, including Brussel’s Reine Elisabeth, Montréal, Sendai and the China International. His mentors have included Ivry Gitlis, Gerard Poulet, and Aaron Rosand.

Zhu has worked with numbers of the leading composers of our time in performances and recordings, including George Benjamin, Gyorgy Kurtag, Krzysztof Penderecki, the late Gian-Carlo Menotti, Wolfgang Rihm, and Xiaogang Ye. His interest in other creative fields has led his music to link several collaborations with environmental organization (Antarctica Forum), architect group (Arte-Charpentier), etc. Follow Dan Zhu’s music world on his official website: www.danzhumusic.com