Yi Zhou is the Principal Viola of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra and the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. He has appeared locally and on the international music scene, in recital at the celebrated St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in London, at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and at the Three Rivers Music Center in California. Yi was selected as Principal Viola of the Pacific Music Festival in Tokyo (established in 1990 by Leonard Bernstein) in 2008 under the baton of Fabio Luisi, and returned to the Festival in 2009 and 2010. Yi has also performed with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
Among his awards and honors are the first prize at the 2007 British Royal Overseas League Competition and the 2005 Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concerto Competition. The latter led to a public performance of the Gyula David Viola Concerto.
Yi studied with Paul Coletti at the Colburn School of Music, where he graduated with an Artist Diploma. Previously, Yi studied with Kim Kashkashian at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Jiri Heger at Singapore’s prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2008. Yi has performed in master classes with such artists as David Takeno, Paul Silverthorne, and Annette Isserlis.
Yi is an active chamber musician and has collaborated with renowned artists, including Menahem Pressler, Arnold Steinhardt, Ronald Leonard and members of the New Hollywood String Quartet.