Dr. Yiming "Joey" Zhou

Violin Teacher

Yiming “Joey” Zhou

SAA Member


Lawrence, KS
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As a teaching assistant (violin and orchestra) at the University of Kansas, Yiming “Joey” Zhou earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance in 2021. As the Principal Second Violin of the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Carolyn Watson, Dr. Zhou won two national-level prizes in the year 2020: the American Prize in Orchestral Performance and the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music (as a featured soloist). Dr. Yiming “Joey” 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 both 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Zhou has been a violinist (permanent position) at the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in Kansas since 2017. 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 and ballets, including Kansas City Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Dubuque Symphony, Springfield Symphony (MO), Topeka Symphony, Kansas Sinfonietta, Lawrence Community Orchestra, Kansas Ballet, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera, and more in the past.

Dr. Zhou also has had the privilege of collaborating with world-renowned musicians such as Augustin Hadelich, Alexander Markov, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Ricardo Morales, Simone Porter, Tessa Lark, Blake Pouliot, Roger Frisch, Amy Glidden, Caroline Goulding, Véronique Mathieu, Timothy Hagen, Mary Elizabeth Bowden, Ola Rafalo, Bryan Cheng, Alexander Hersh, Spencer Myer, Gabriela Martinez, Sean Chen, Alexander Tutunov, Daniel HSU, and others. Dr. Zhou has also given many solo recitals and chamber music concerts with his colleagues. Meanwhile, as an orchestral principal violinist, Dr. Zhou has worked with influential and nationally recognized maestri, among them: Kyle Wiley Pickett, Carolyn Watson, David Neely, Jung-Ho Pak, Daniel Hege, William Intriligator, Robert Quebbeman, Troy Peters, Christopher Kelts, David Cho, Ryan Bancroft, Zushan Bian, and Urs-Michael Theus.

Dr. Yiming “Joey” Zhou has over 15 years of professional experience and education. He obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts degree with the Graduate Teaching Assistant stipend and tuition fee waiver from University of Kansas in 2021, Master of Music degree with William White Quartet Scholarship from Missouri State University in 2016, Master of Fine Arts degree with full-ride scholarships in 2014 and Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Violin Performance in 2011 from Qingdao University.

Dr. Zhou has been invited to participate in many festivals and summer programs, including Aspen Music Festival and School, Northwestern University Summer Violin Institute, Masterworks of Music in Vienna & Prague, International Clarinet Fest, and Heartland Chamber Music Festival, to name a few. Additionally, Dr. Zhou has been invited to play in masterclasses of notable artists such as Brian Lewis, David Halen, Joel Smirnoff, Lucie Robert, Roger Frisch, Daniel S. Lee, Beth Titterington, Gerardo Ribeiro, Blair Milton, Diane Mues, Susan Synnestvedt, Hal Grossman, Diana Seitz, Noé Inui, as well as members of the New York Philharmonic String Quartet (Frank Huang and Sheryl Staples), Borromeo String Quartet (Kris Tong), and Quatuor Hermès.

In addition to his orchestral and chamber music playing career, Dr. 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 Suzuki string pedagogy certified instructor. Dr. Zhou credits his violin playing to all his teachers, especially Drs. David Hays and David Colwell.