The outstanding violinist Ziyu He was one of the youngest soloists ever to perform with the Vienna Philharmonic when he made his debut with this world-class orchestra under Adam Fischer at the Musikverein in 2017, aged just 18. The year before, he won both the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and in 2014 he was the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year.
His orchestral appearances include concerts with the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, the Macau Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the RAI National Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, Bochum Symphony Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the National Center for the Performing Arts, Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Orchestra della Toscana, Zagreb Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. He works with conductors such as Adam Fischer, Christopher Warren-Green, Choo Hoey, Tung-Chieh Chuang, David Brophy, Diego Matheuz, Guoyong Zhang, Howard Griffiths, Ilyich Rivas, Joji Hattori, Kazuki Yamada, Kerem Hasan, Kriistina Poska, Lu Jia, Michele Nitti, Nikoloz Rachveli, Pietari Inkinen, Riccardo Minasi, Steven Sloane, Valery Gergiev and regularly with Hans Graf.
In the 2021/22 season, Ziyu made his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Lio Kuokman, and was again invited by Hans Graf to join the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for concerts and recordings. He has also performed with the Swiss Camerata and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra under Howard Griffiths, and with the Sofia Philharmonic under Uros Lajovic. Highlights include concerts at the BBC Belfast Proms in the Park, his debut at the George Enescu Festival, as well as a concert and recordings of works by Hans Werner Henze with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Maestra Lin Liao, and solo recitals at the Vienna Konzerthaus in the "Great Talents" series.
As the violinist of the renowned Altenberg Trio, he plays regularly in the Brahmssaal of the Vienna Musikverein in the trio's popular concert series.
Ziyu He began learning the violin at the age of five in his native China with Xiangrong Zhang. At only 10 years old, he was invited by Paul Roczek to study with him in Salzburg at the Mozarteum University. He completed his master's degree there in summer 2021 and is currently continuing his postgraduate violin studies with Benjamin Schmid and Paul Roczek and his viola studies with Thomas Riebl.
Ziyu He plays a violin by Andrea Guarneri from 1688 and a Giuseppe Guadagnini viola, dated 1797, which were made available to him by generous private sponsors.
UPDATED March 2023
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