Education and Background
Zhou Yi received her Bachelor and Master of Degrees at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She also studied at the Hamburg Conservatory of Music for one year in 2007 where she won first place in the “Elise Meyer Stiftung” Competition. She received a full scholarship to attend Mannes College the New School for Music in the Professional Studies Diploma, studied with Marcy Rosen. Ms. Yi got her Master’s Degree and Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2014, where she studied with Laurence Lesser.
Zhou Yi performed in Kennedy Center in April, 2014. She performed Schumann concerto with Mannes orchestra as her debut in Lincoln Center in 2012. She also appeared as soloist with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mannes Community Orchestra, the St. Thomas Orchestra, and the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Yi performed the cello suite “Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon” by Tan Dun with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, which received enthusiastic praise from the composer and the concert audience alike. She recorded an album of Distinguished Chinese Cello Pieces which features the music of six Chinese composers. The album was released by the Shanghai Music Publishing House in 2008.
Ms. Yi is also an enthusiastic chamber musician. She has appeared as an active solo and chamber musician in the Marlboro Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival and the Beijing Contemporary Music Festival. Her “Vitas Quarter” performed in Boston’s Jordan Hall as an honors ensemble. Ms. Yi started to teach private lessons from 2006. She had many young students who just started cello playing. She also taught adult students — the oldest was over 60. Many of her students got into prep and music schools with her help. Ms. Yi is patient and inspiring. She is good at inspiring student’s imagination to feel and understand the music. Her playing is refined to manifest the most touching elements inside the music.
“Music is personal and emotional. What I do is combine different ways to lead and inspire students with imagination and confidence. I help my students understand music language by visualizing music with simple words, and make sure students are having fun while they are learning.”