Zhou Yi began her cello studies at age six. She received her Bachelor and Master’s Degree at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music where she studied cello with Professor Min Cao. She received a full scholarship to study with Marcy Rosen at Mannes School of Music. She also studied in Hamburg Conservatory of Music for one year in 2007, and won the first place in “Elise Meyer Stiftung” Competition. She is now studying with Laurence Lesser in New England Conservatory.
Zhou Yi has performed as soloist with several orchestras, including the Shanghai Philharmonic, St. Thomas Orchestra, and XiaMen Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, Zhou performed the Schumann Concerto in Alice Tully Hall with the Mannes Orchestra in February 2012. Zhou has also gained popularity through solo and chamber music performances in the Shanghai Spring International music festival and the Contemporary Music Festival in Beijing.
Zhou Yi performed Tan Dun’s cello suite “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” with the Shanghai Philharmonic under the baton of Chinese conductor Mu Hai Tang in the August 2009. Her performance received enthusiastic praise from the composer himself and the concert audience.
During the summers, Zhou has enjoyed playing chamber music at the Marlboro and Yellow Music Festivals.
Zhou Yi recorded an album of “Distinguished Chinese Cello Pieces” with consent of all six composers. The album was released by the Shanghai Music publishing House in 2008.