Zen Hu - violin
Zen Hu was born into a musical family in Chengdu, China.

At the age of 6 she started to take piano lessons with her mother, and a year later she began with her violin studies with her father. Already at the age of 13 she won first prize at the Sichuan Violin Competition, in the following year she was a prize winner at the National Chinese Violin Competition.

After finishing her studies with professor Hu Wei Min at the Sichuan Music Conservatory, she continued to study with Ana Chumachenko at the Munich Conservatory in Germany where she graduated with a master degree.

Lord Yehudi Menuhin invited her to collaborate with him at the famous Menuhin Academy in Gstaad (Switzerland) where she performed and toured regularly with Camerata Lysy.

Shortly afterwards, chief conductor of Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Sergiu Celibidache, invited her to become the youngest and at the same time the first Chinese member of this fine orchestra. Since then, she has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of the Munich Philharmonic as well as with the highly acclaimed German brass ensemble 'Blechschaden'.

Meanwhile, Zen Hu performed in numerous European countries, both Americas, and in Asia as a soloist, as a member of Gothoni String Quartet, and as a member of various chamber music groups, including Lucerne Festival Strings, Salzburg String Sextet and Mozarteum Ensemble Salzburg.

She also participated at several international festivals in Italy (Chiavari, Trasimeno), Spain (Ibiza Summer), France (Biarritz), Finland (Rauma), Germany (Aschau), Austria (Lockenhaus, "toujours Mozart" in Vienna and Salzburg), The Netherlands (Eindhoven), Czech Republic (Prague Spring), Poland (Warszawa), USA (New York), China (Shanghai, Beijing), Japan (Tokyo), and Chile (Valparaiso).

She has recorded already several CDs, including highly acclaimed recording for Channel Classics called 'China Connection' in duo with violinist Ning Feng, and has performed for various international TV and radio broadcasting companies.

Zen Hu lives currently in Amsterdam and performs in concert both as a soloist and as a member of various chamber music groups.


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