Kevin Zhu
United States of America, °2000
Kevin Zhu is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied under Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin. He has performed on the world’s greatest stages, from the Konzerthaus in Berlin to the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He won the Paganini Competition in 2018 and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition in 2012. This season he made his debut at the Kennedy Center, returned to the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Victoria Hall in Singapore, and toured with cellist Jan Vogler and pianist Andrew Armstrong. A passionate chamber musician, Kevin Zhu regularly collaborates with artists such as Louis Lortie, Lawrence Power and Boris Giltburg. He is also Culture Ambassador of the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China. He has received an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a scholarship from the Salon de Virtuosi.

Instrument: “Ex-Petri” - Antonio Stradivari (1700)*
*Loaned by The Ryuji Ueno Foundation and The Rare Violins In Consortium


2015 - 2022 : Itzhak Perlman
2014 - 2015 : Ian Swensen
2006 - 2022 : Li Lin


2018 - 2022 : Bachelor of Music, The Juilliard School


2023 : Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore, Altenburg Arts
2023 : Schloss Albrechtsberg, Dresden, Germany, Dresdner Musikfestspiele
2022 : Salle Bourgie, Montréal, Canada, Montreal Chamber Music Festival
2022 : Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain, Fundación Excelentia, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia; Daniel Raiskin, conductor
2021 : Palazzo Tursi, Genova, Italy, Paganini Genova Festival, ‘Il Cannone’
2021 : Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany, Moritzburg Festival, Moritzburg Festival Orchestra; Josep Caballé-Domenech, conductor; Jan Vogler, cello; Sergio Tiempo, piano
2020 : Teatro Carlo Felice, Genova, Italy, Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice; Andrea Battistoni, conductor
2019 : Konstantinovsky (National Congress) Palace, St. Petersburg, Russia, St. Petersburg Palaces International Music Festival, Taurida State Symphony Orchestra of Leningrad Oblast, Ilya Derbilov, conductor​
2019 : Forbidden City Concert Hall, Beijing, China, China Philharmonic Orchestra; Xiaotang Xia, conductor
2019 : Auditorium Emile Bustani, Beirut, Lebanon, Al Bustan Festival, Serbian National Theater Orchestra of Novi Sad; Gianluca Marcianò, conductor


2018 : First Prize, Best Performance of a Paganini Caprice, Paganini International Violin Competition
2012 : First Prize, Composer’s Prize, Menuhin International Violin Competition, Junior Division
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