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Yiming Zhou (Joey) 
Violin D.M.A.

Symphony orchestra rehearsal on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the
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As a teaching assistant at the University of Kansas, Yiming "Joey" Zhou earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance in 2021. As a Principal Violin of the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Zhou won two national-level prizes in 2020: the American Prize in Orchestral Performance and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music (as a featured soloist). Dr. Zhou was also a prizewinner of the prestigious 2014 Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Chamber Music Competition and Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Strings Competitions in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Yiming "Joey" Zhou is a violinist (permanent position) at the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in Kansas. Before moving to Kansas, Dr. Zhou played in the first violin section (permanent position) of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra in Missouri while leading the William T. White String Quartet as well as the violin section of the symphony orchestra of Missouri State University, where he earned his Master of Music degree.

Throughout his career, Dr. Zhou has played with a wide variety of distinguished American orchestras, including the Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Saint Joseph Symphony, Springfield Symphony, Topeka Symphony, and more in the past.

Dr. Zhou also has had the privilege of collaborating with world-renowned musicians such as Gil Shaham, Augustin Hadelich, David Kim, Alexander Markov, Simone Porter, Tessa Lark, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Blake Pouliot, Roger Frisch, Ricardo Morales, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Bryan Cheng, Sterling Elliott, Alexander Hersh, Inon Barnatan, Spencer Myer, Gabriela Martinez, and others. Dr. Zhou has also given many solo recitals and chamber music concerts with his colleagues. Meanwhile, as a principal orchestral violinist, Dr. Zhou has worked with influential and internationally recognized maestri, among them: Michael Stern, Jack Everly, John Storgårds, Ludovic Morlot, Carolyn Watson, David Neely, Kyle Wiley Pickett, Jung-Ho Pak, Christopher Kelts, and others.

Dr. Zhou has been invited to participate in famous festivals and summer programs, including the Aspen Music Festival and School, Northwestern University Summer Violin Institute, Masterworks of Music in Vienna & Prague, and Heartland Chamber Music Festival, to name a few. Additionally, Dr. Zhou has been invited to play in masterclasses of notable artists such as Gil Shaham, Alexander Markov, Brian Lewis, David Halen, Joel Smirnoff, Lucie Robert, Beth Titterington, Gerardo Ribeiro, Blair Milton, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic (Frank Huang and Sheryl Staples), Chicago Symphony (Susan Synnestvedt and Diane Mues), Borromeo String Quartet, and Quatuor Hermès.


In addition to his orchestral and chamber music playing career, Dr. Yiming "Joey" Zhou is engaged in music education. He worked as a violin instructor in the undergraduate division at the University of Kansas. Currently, Dr. Zhou is an active member of the American Federation of Musicians, the American String Teachers Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He is also a registered Suzuki violin teacher trained at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Louisville, and the University of Hartford. Dr. Zhou's Suzuki students have won or placed in competitions, received scholarships to attend festivals, and performed in the youth symphony orchestras through auditions.


Dr. Zhou has over 18 years of professional experience and education. He obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with the Graduate Teaching Assistant stipend, Raymond Cerf String Scholarship, and tuition fee waiver from the University of Kansas in 2021, Master of Music degree with William White String Scholarship, and out-of-state fee waiver from Missouri State University in 2016.

Dr. Zhou performs on a violin c. 1926 made in Berlin by Michael Dötsch, and bows by Otto A. Hoyer and Jian Feng Lee, respectively.

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