A highly sought after violinist and teacher in Singapore, Christina Zhou has been praised for exhibiting a “full rein of her virtuoso abilities” in concerts 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.
Having been awarded full scholarships for the Music Academy of the West and Texas Music Festival in the U.S and playing in festivals such as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Christina has a vast experience in both chamber and orchestral playing in the States and Singapore, working closely with world renowned conductors, ensembles and musicians such as Peter Salaff, Jerome Lowenthal, John Churchwell, the Takacs Quartet, Peter Oundjian, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Nicholas McGegan, Tan Dun, Warren Jones, Eiji Oue and many more. She has played for commercial ads such as Toyota and in other commercial recordings as well, both in the States and in Singapore.
An active freelance violinist playing in groups like the Metropolitan Festival Orchestra and re:Sound Collective, Christina is also the first violinist of the SETTS Ensemble. She has performed solo with the ADDO Chamber Orchestra, as well as toured with the PSPA International Ensemble in Malaysia, giving workshops and performing solo and chamber works.
Besides performing classical repertoire, Christina has a keen interest in other genres of music. She has attended the Creative Strings Workshop in the States, learning from renowned Jazz artists like Christian Howes and many others. She is very experienced in coaching students in orchestral and chamber works, as well as giving workshops and performing in school shows.
Christina is Assistant Music Director of her band, TO ensemble, mainly performing original works of Tze Toh. They are focused on creating original performances that are often multi-disciplinary and also collaborate frequently with film, contemporary dance and visual art forms. TO ensemble is also focused on educating and exposing the younger generation to a wide
range of artistic genres.
With a strong passion for education, Christina is currently the Director of Coronation Music School and spends most of her time teaching. She focuses on personalized learning, knowing that each child learns differently and therefore, changes her way of teaching accordingly to the needs of different students. Christina strongly believes that music learning has the ability to shape and enhance one’s cognitive abilities and character that will benefit the child, for life.
She loves kids, travelling and lives by the motto: Eat. Sleep. Music. Live. Laugh. Love.