Chinese violist Zhanbo Zheng started his musical education when he took his first violin lesson at the age of 5. At 11, attracted by the warm and beautiful sound of the viola, he decided to become a violist.
In 2014, Zhanbo became the first Chinese violist who won the Primrose International Viola Competition. In 2017, he got the second prize and the Pablo Casals Prize for Best Performance of Solo Bach in Irving M. Klein International String Competition. Last year, he was also awarded the second prize in the Washington International Competition for Strings.
As a soloist, Zhanbo has performed with many orchestras, such as Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, China Broadcasting Performing Arts Orchestra, EOS Repertoire Orchestra of CCOM. In 2014, sent by the Ministry of Culture, he was selected for an exchange activity between China and Germany, hosted by China Education Association for International Exchange. In 2013, he participated in the recording program of “My Concert Hall— The Classical Music Appreciation,” which was proposed by Li Lanqing, the former Premier of the State Council of China.
Zhanbo’s music festival experiences include Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, Verbier Festival Academy, Caramoor Evnin Rising Stars, Cleveland ChamberFest, and Morningside Music Bridge.
A graduate of the Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Zhanbo is now pursuing his Bachelor of Music degree in the New England Conservatory, where he continues his viola studies with Kim Kashkashian.