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The outstanding young violinist Ziyu He was one of the youngest soloists of the Vienna Philharmonic when he made his debut in the Musikverein with this world-class orchestra under Adam Fischer in 2017 at the age of only 18. The previous year he won both the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and in 2014 he was awarded the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year.

His orchestral performances include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, the Macau Orchestra, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the RAI National Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra, the 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, Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. He has worked 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 R Achveli, Pietari Inkinen, Riccardo Minasi, Steven Sloane, Valery Gergiev and regularly collaborated with Hans Graf.

In the season 2021/22 Ziyu will make his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Lio Kuokman, he is again invited to the Singapore Symphony Orchestra with Hans Graf and will perform with the Camerata Schweiz and the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra with Howard Griffiths and Sofia Philharmonic. Other recent highlights include concerts at the BBC Belfast Proms, his debut at the George Enescu Festival, with the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg under Riccardo Minasi and solo evenings at the Vienna Konzerthaus in the series “Great Talents. ”

As violinist of the renowned Altenberg Trio, he regularly plays in the Brahmssaal of the Wiener Musikverein Vienna in the traditional concert series of the trio.

Ziyu He began to learn the violin at the age of five in his native China with Xiangrong Zhang. At the age of 10 he was invited by Paul Roczek to study with him in Salzburg at the Mozarteum University. Ziyu completed his master’s degree there in the summer of 2021 and is currently continuing his postgraduate violin studies with Benjamin Schmid and Paul Roczek as well as his viola studies with Thomas Riebl. He plays a violin by Andrea Guarneri from 1688, which was kindly made available to him by a generous private sponsor.


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