In addition to her studies at school, she has participated in Tanglewood Music Center and Music Academy of the West and has worked with other renowned pedagogues such as Pamela Frank, Emmanuel Ax, Glenn Dicterow, Jorja Fleezanis, Kathleen Winkler, etc.
Ms. Zhao is an active chamber musician, and her experience ranges from performing with Kiri Te Kanawa and Jose Carerras at the Sun Festival in Singapore to concert series at Carnegie Hall and the Peabody Institute with Michael Kannen. She has also performed in a recital with a world-class pianist Jon Kimura Parker as well as with soloists Cho-Liang Lin, James Dunham, and Norman Fischer.
She is also one of the founding members of the Pegasus Trio. She, along with her colleagues Coleman Itzkoff and Andrew Staupe, has been invited to the La Jolla Music Festival for the summer of 2014 as a fellowship artist. She has shared the stage with many world-renown artists such as: Cho-Liang Lin, Yefim Bronfman, Inon Barnatan, Alex Kerr, Desmond Hoebig, Richard O’Neill, Leonard Slatkin, and the Miró Quartet.
Her solo accomplishments include her winning the concerto competitions at both of her universities. In 2011, she performed the Sibelius Violin Concerto in Singapore and performed the Korngold Violin Concerto in Houston in October 2013.
Ms. Zhao truly excels in orchestral leadership along with her solo and chamber music expertise. She was the concertmaster of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and honored to be the leader of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall debut in February, 2014.
Yi Zhao is officially joined the Colorado Symphony Orchestra as the Assistant Concertmaster in the July of 2014, and is excited to work with highly-skilled and talented colleagues.