Le Yi Zhang (violin)

Born in Shanghai China, violinist Le Yi Zhang was a first prize winner of the Violin Competition in Aspen Summer Music Festival. In 1980, Le Yi Zhang was among the first group of Chinese students to be chosen to study with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Maestro Alberto Lysy, and Ana Chumachenco at the prestigious International Menuhin Music Acadmy in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Le Yi Zhang made a triumphal return to her homeland performing Bach, Telemann double violin concertos with Lord Yehudi Menuhin and solo concerts with the Central Philhamonic Orchestra in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing two years later. In 1984, she received a diploma with distinction from the IMMA.

After winning the violin competition in Aspen, Le Yi Zhang has been awarded a full scholarship to study with the eminent pedagogue Ms.Dorothy Delay at the College Conservatory of Music in University of Cincinnati, and the prestigious Juilliard School in New York.

Shortly after receiving her Masters degree from the Juilliard School, Ms. Zhang was appointed as assistant concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a position she held for many years. While working with the orchestra, Ms. Zhang also performed regularly in solo and chamber music concerts through out North America. Her performances have been recorded on CBC classical music radio programs in Montreal.
In 2003, Ms. Zhang created the “Music in the woods” open air concert series in Limburg, bringing classical music into the beautiful nature of woodland in south of the Netherlands. Her performances with great artists such as the famous Dutch bariton John Brocheler and soprano Angelina Ruzzafante have received high acclaim from the public.

In 2009, Ms.Zhang was invited as guest concert-master of the Shanghai Sinfonietta, performed at the Shanghai Dong Fang Art Center and made a well received concert tour in seven cities in France.

In addition to her performing career, Ms. Zhang also actively engages in teaching. She taught at the McGill Conservatory of Music in Montreal Canada for many years and is frequently invited to give master classes and lectures in China. She has taught at Shanghai Conservatory of Music , the Summer Music Academy in Huangshan and Lin An. Her lecture “Body balance in instrument playing” has received high acclaim among musicians, teachers and students, her students have won prizes at international violin competitions, as well as taking leading positions in symphonic orchestras in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and China.