Dr. Hong Zhu
Violin and Chamber Music Professor, University of Central Oklahoma
Dr. Hong Zhu teaches violin and chamber music and plays regularly with the faculty quartet and Edmond Chamber Players. He received his undergraduate degree from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China and advanced degrees from Michigan State University.
Dr. Zhu made his violin solo debut at the age of 15 in Guiyang, China. At age 22, he was awarded England's Menuhin Prize as a member of the China Youth String Quartet and was later selected by the Chinese government to study in the Sydney Conservatory. In that capacity, he toured the country giving chamber-music recitals, including a concert broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House. Returning to Beijing, he was appointed Associate Professor of Violin at the Central Conservatory of Music. Concurrently, he became assistant concertmaster of the China Youth Symphony and concertized with the orchestra in Switzerland, West Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and Great Britain.
Prior to joing the UCO faculty, Dr. Zhu taught at Murray State University in Kentucky, University of Michigan-Flint and the Flint Institute of Music. He has been teaching at the Colorado Music Festival Summer String Camp since 1996. He gives solo and chamber music recitals frequently. He has also served as the concertmaster, assistant concertmaster and principal second violin of many orchestras including the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Midland Symphony Orchestra and Michigan State University Orchestra.