Hailed by the LA Times as “dynamic” and “striking”, American violinist Hao Zhou is the Grand Laureate of the 2019 Montreal International Violin Competition and a founding member of the Viano String Quartet, First Prize winners of the 2019 Banff International String Quartet Competition. He has captivated audiences worldwide with his unique exuberance and natural enthusiasm in his "intensely involving, epic performances" (Bachtrack).
His 2019-20 season will feature a debut in Florence, Italy and an artist residency at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, and will also be returning to Montréal for the Virée Classique, hosted by the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal. His appearances with the Viano String Quartet will include debut performances in Beijing, New York, Berlin, Brussels, and many other cities around the world.
A resident of Southern California, Hao made his debut with the Four Seasons Symphony Orchestra playing Vivaldi's Double Concerto in A minor at the age of 9. Since then, he has performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Downey Symphony Orchestra with renowned conductors such as Alexander Shelley, Thierry Fischer, and Sharon Lavery. He has collaborated with and performed alongside internationally renowned artists such as Emanuel Ax, Elisso Virsaladze, Clive Greensmith, and Paul Coletti.
Hao is a dedicated member of the Viano String Quartet which is currently the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Colburn
Conservatory. Actively dedicated to bringing in audiences from outside the concert hall, the Viano has collaborated with actors and scriptwriters in a comedy theater show called "Over The Top," performed for thousands of elementary school children to bring classical music to younger audiences. His many awards with the quartet have also included the Grand Prize at the ENKOR Chamber Music Competition as well as Third Prize at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, where they also won the Sidney Griller Award and the Haydn Prize.
Hao is a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory where he studied with Martin Beaver. His previous teachers include Henry Gronnier, Danielle Belen, and Aimee Kreston.