Ziyu He

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The outstanding young violinist Ziyu He was one of the youngest soloists to make his debut at the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic under Adam Fischer in 2017, aged just 18. In 2016, Ziyu won both the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition, and was the Eurovision Young Musician of the Year in 2014.

The 19/20 season saw Ziyu perform with BBC Proms in the Park, Belfast and his debut with Bucharest Symphony Orchestra and Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He also gave recitals at the Konzerthaus Wien as part of their ‘Great Talents’ series.

In 20/21, Ziyu performs with Philharmonie Salzburg, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, gives recitals in China and continues his residency at Musikverein Vienna with Altenberg Trio Wien.

Ziyu He began playing the violin in his native China at the age of five. Aged just 10, he was invited by Paul Roczek to study with him in Salzburg at the University Mozarteum where Ziyu continues his Masters studies with Benjamin Schmid and Paul Roczek.


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    18 Apr 19 Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4 Singapore Symphony Orchestra
    Esplanade Concert Hall

    “Choo and his charges provided light and transparent accompaniment for He’s confident and bright tone to shine through. His playing was tasteful, notwithstanding the somewhat romanticised cadenzas, and the crystalline beauty came through best in the graceful slow movement.

    The finale was a portrait of restraint and good teaching, with further virtuosity unveiled in his encore, Ruggiero Ricci’s quiet but freakishly difficult transcription of Francisco Tarrega’s guitar classic, Memories Of The Alhambra.”

    Chang Tou Liang, The Straits Times, 20 Apr 19

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    10 Apr 17 Bartók Violin Concerto No. 2 Wiener Philharmoniker
    Wiener Musikverein

    “Ziyu He ist ein souveräner Techniker, der die virtuosen Passagen des Bartók- Konzerts eindrucksvoll herausarbeitet. Ein Geiger, der die kunstvollen Dissonanzen perfekt aufflackern lässt, in Trillerfiguren brilliert, tänzerische Momente mit lufti- ger Eleganz vorführt und die zarten Kantilenen berückend schmelzen lässt.”

    Ziyu He […] is a confident technician who impressively executed the virtuoso passages of the Bartok Concerto. A violinist who lets the artful dissonance flare perfectly, excels in trill figures, performs dance-like moments with airy elegance and allows the delicate phrases to melt away in a whisper.

    Karlheinz Roschitz, Kronen Zeitung, 10 Apr 17

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    10 Apr 18 Recital
    Amici Della Musica, Verona

    “The talent of this boy, who embraces a precious Stradivarius from 1715, is unquestionable. Technically, violinists are rarely heard playing with such security, some of the most taxing passages to be found in the instrument’s repertoire.”
    L’Arena, Italy