Mingen Zhou, violinist, currently the director of the string section of Shanghai Music Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music,was born in Shanghai, China. She studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, received her early training from Professor Zhao Ji Yang, Zhang Shi Xiang, Zhao Dan Qing and Zheng Shi Sheng, and completed her postgraduate studies at the Northern Royal Music Conservatory in Norway in 2003,under the full scholarship ,with Professor Malfred Hassen and Violinist Mr. Issac Schuldman. She has performed the <Butterfly Lover> violin concerto with Shanghai Youth Orchestra in Ningbo and Shanghai in 1995, and has given her solo recitals in Tromsø, Norway. She was the member of UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland in 2003 and 2004.
Mingen Zhou has also been involved in chamber music for many years , she is one of the founders of the “Resident Teachers String Quartet” of Shanghai Music Middle School in 2004,and often holds chamber music concerts , she has collaborated with many artists such as Chen Sa, Xu Zhong, Dong-Suk Kang.
Mingen Zhou also devotes to teaching, currently teaching in Shanghai Music Middle School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music ,she gives violin masterclasses in Shanghai ?Macow and as well as other cities in China, her students have won several violin competitions both in China and abroad,such as “CCTV China National Violin Competition”in 2008?“Bucharest International Violin Competition” in 2009?“China National Violin Competition”in 2012?“Hongkong International Violin Competition” in 2014. Mingen Zhou has been invited as jury member of CCTV China National Violin Competition in 2008,and 2012 (Shanghai Area). In recognition of her achievements in music education ,she has been rewarded a great deal of awards such as 2009 and 2012 He Lv-Ting Award ; 2009 Best Teacher Award ; 2012 the National Violin Competition Wen Hua Teacher Award from P. R. China Ministry of Culture ; 2013 the Tang Jun Yun Teacher Award,1st.price,from Shanghai Education Commission.
Mingen Zhou is invited as jury member of XXI“Andrea Postacchini” International Violin Competition in Italy, in May 2014.She is invited as jury member of 2014 Hongkong International String Competition in Hongkong ,in July 2014;and also the jury member of 5th. Hong Kong International Violin Competition in Feb.2015.