assistant music director :: violin
A highly sought after violinist and teacher in Singapore, Christina Zhou has been praised for exhibiting a “full rein of her virtuoso abilities” in concert and for presenting performances that are “a testament to true musicianship and fortitude” (The Straits Times).
Christina studied under the late internationally renowned Zvi Zeitlin at the Eastman School of Music in the U.S where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree with distinction honors before the age of 21. She then went on to complete her Graduate Diploma under Zuo Jun at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. Her previous teachers included Sui Yue Long and Zhang Zhen Shan. Awards included First Prize of the Concerto Competition at Eastman and Third Prize in the Junior Category of the National Violin Competition in Singapore.
Christina has performed extensively in chamber groups and orchestras, working closely with world renowned conductors and musicians both in the States and Singapore. Christina freelances in orchestras like the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and re:Sound Collective and many more. She has been featured as a soloist with the ADDO Chamber Orchestra, as well as toured with the PSPA International Ensemble in Malaysia, giving workshops and performing solo and chamber works. She is also the first violinist of the SETTS Ensemble, Singapore’s contemporary music ensemble.
Christina has been invited to record for Chok Kerong and Rani Singam. She was also invited to play for Disquiet, Chok's first work featuring the pipe organ, commissioned by Singapore Symphony Group for the VCH Organ Series. She has attended the Creative Strings Workshop in the States, learning from renowned Jazz artists like Christian Howes and many others.
A passionate educator, Christina is currently the Principal and Director of Coronation Music School and spends most of her time teaching. She is very experienced in coaching students in orchestral and chamber works, as well as giving education workshops from preschool to pre-college level.
She is able to interact and teach students of all ages and characters in an effective way. "My goal as a teacher is to ensure that my students not only enjoy their music learning process, but to be aware and able to apply the skills, mental process of learning music to other aspects of their lives as well. Learning and appreciating music has the power to shape one's cognitive abilities and character that will benefit anyone at any stage in life - be it a child simply having fun learning and discovering music or a working adult seeking a new hobby or new inspiration. "
She lives by the motto “Eat. Sleep. Music. Live. Laugh. Love.”
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