Born in Henan, China, Ms. Zhao has excelled in both solo and ensemble playing, and by the age of 12, was selected as one of China’s best entering the prestigious preparatory school program at the Central Conservatory in Beijing. From there on, she has studied with Zhou Qian and received her Bachelor’s of Music at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore in 2007 and finished her Master’s study under Cho-Liang Lin at the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in May 2013.
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 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 and her colleagues, Coleman Itzkoff and Andrew Staupe, have 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 officially joined the Colorado Symphony as the Assistant Concertmaster in July of 2014, and is excited to work with highly-skilled and talented colleagues.