Zhang Zhou Yaodong is a passionate violinist who is interested in exploring how music and art connect to our time. He was born in Jining, China, and and began studying the violin at the age of five. Currently, Yaodong is pursuing a master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg under the tutelage of Professor Sebastian Schmidt.
Yaodong’s musical journey has led him to perform at prominent music festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Shanghai Spring International Music Festival, and International Festival KotorArt. Additionally, he has presented captivating solo recitals across diverse locations including the Netherlands, Singapore, Montenegro, and Germany. His fervor for contemporary music has driven his involvement in several innovative projects, including the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, the Hanns Zender Academy affiliated with the International Ensemble Modern Academy and the Grafenegg Academy. Throughout his artistic growth, Yaodong has also drawn inspiration from esteemed musicians and ensembles, including Alina Ibragimova, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the JACK Quartet, and the Ensemble Modern, etc.
Yaodong plays on a 1899 Paul Francois Blanchard violin on generous loan from the Rin Collection.