The Kennedy Center

Dan Zhu


Named "one of the emerging Chinese international artists today" by Gramophone magazine, and called "an artist of affecting humility and beautiful tone production" by The Strad magazine, Dan Zhu is widely recognized as one of the finest Chinese musicians on the international stage today, and has previously appeared at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra. A native of Beijing, Zhu made his first public appearance at the age of nine, performing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with the China Youth Chamber Orchestra. At age twelve he entered the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he studied with Xiao-zhi Huang. Four years later he was awarded the Alexis Gregory Scholarship to study with Lucie Robert at Mannes College of Music in New York. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at the age of 18, and won several prestigious international competitions, including Brussel's Reine Elisabeth, Montréal, Sendai, and the China International. His mentors have included Ivry Gitlis, Gerard Poulet, and Aaron Rosand.

Dan Zhu lives in Brooklyn, New York and plays a 1763 Carlo Antonio Testore violin, on generous loan from the Alexis Gregory Foundation.
Dan Zhu