Hao Zhou

Photo : Chris Manitius Photography United States 1997-01-16

Hao Zhou studied at the Colburn Music Conservatory with Martin Beaver. In 2015, he won the American String Teachers Association National Solo Competition and has distinguished himself at the Dorothy Chandler Spotlight Competition, the Downey Young Artists Concerto Competition, as well as the Edith Knox Performance Competiton. He is an active chamber orchestra musician and won Third prize at the 2018 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition with the Viano Quartet. On his downtime, Hao likes to read and study reverse engineering to understand how things are made and how they work. His favorite book, however, is a novel: Life of Pi by Canadian author Yann Martel. “It’s a unique and captivating story; it brings perspective and provokes thought.” He will be performing on a Carl Becker violin made in 1936.  

Hao Zhou is generously sponsored by Ann Birks.


First Round 

Messiaen | Thème et variations 

J.S. Bach | Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003  – Andante, Allegro 

Wieniawski | Polonaise de concert in A major, Op. 21 No. 2


Mozart | Sonata No. 35 in A major, K. 526 

Franck | Sonata in A major, FWV 8  

Oesterle |stand alone 

Ravel |Tzigane 


Chostakovitch | Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 77