Simon Zhu Germany, 19, Senior

Simon Zhu was born in Germany and started playing the violin at the age of six. He is currently studying with Professor Tomasz Tomaszewski and Professor Koh Gabriel Kameda. He has also participated in masterclasses with Ning Feng, Ana Chumachenco, Ingolf Turban, Paul Roczek, Boris Kushnir and Igor Ozim. Simon has won numerous 1st Prize awards at international competitions such as the Telemann Competition, Poznan Competition, Schöntal Competition, Valsesia Musica Competition and the Zhuhai Mozart Competition. Simon received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein and plays on a violin kindly sponsored by the German Music Foundation.

“I am very honored and excited to participate in the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020. Yehudi Menuhin was one of the greatest violinists of all time and he was one of my role models, not only as a musician but also as a human - so it is an honor for me to be part of his legacy. I am sure that I will be able to improve as a musician and meet lots of new friends. I can not wait for the Competition to start!”