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The ensemble group, known as "Strings in Motion", with artistic director Mr. Long Zhou, has been on a tour to China.The group has given concerts in many major cities of China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Guiyang. They have performed at many concerts such as the 2005 Child Prodigy Concerts. Just recently, they performed at a public area where a Chinese celebration was held. Most recently, the group had received an honorable invitation from the province governer of Xinying to perform at the state. The group has held many activities. Ages of the group range from 9-16 years of age. 

 

Members

 

Emily Ye

Emily started to learn violin when she was 5 from Mr. David Ehrlich at Renaissance Music Academy in Blacksburg, Virginia. When she was 7, her family moved to San Antonio and she has been Mr. Long Zhou¡¯s student since. She joined Mr. Zhou¡¯s Strings in Motion in 2007 and has been a member from then. Emily loves music and dance. She won Director¡¯s Choice in 2008 in Mr. Zhou¡¯s Music Competition, Bach¡¯s Circle and Judges¡¯ Choice for 5th and 6th graders at Junior Tuesday Music Piano Competition in 2009, and 1st place for 6th grader in Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition in 2010. Currently, she is studying at Keystone School.

 

 

 

Eric Bowser

Eric Bowser was born January 31, 1995 in Houston, Texas. Member of the Hill Country Youth Orchestra, the Notre Dame Catholic Church Choir and the String in Motion Ensemble. A High Honor student at Notre Dame Catholic School. He plays piano and violin. Eric enjoys drawing, reading, music, swimming, his favorite subject is science. He loves to perform at different events and gives free concerts at retirement and nursing homes in Kerrville, Texas, year around.

 

 

 

Jenny Zhang

Jenny was born on February 13, 2002 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jenny began learning violin with Mr. Zhou at age of 6 for about 2 years. Jenny currently is a 2nd grade student in Wilderness Oak elementary school.

 

 

 

Lorin Chadwick

Lorin moved from Idaho to Texas with his family before his third birthday. He has been studying the violin with Mr. Long Zhou for several years. Lorin won the first violin chair for the Region 11 String Orchestra in both 2008 and 2009. He is currently attending Health Careers High School where he is a member of the golf team and first violin chair for the string orchestra. His goals are to focus on math and science while pursuing his artistic and athletic ambitions.

 

 

 

Nancy Zhou

Nancy Zhou, born in 1993, is attending Harvard University and New England Conservatory in Boston. Influenced in music by her father and teacher, Long Zhou, Nancy has been studying the violin since age 4. She gave her first recital when she was 5. From then on, Nancy has attended master classes with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg (2005), Peter Oundjian (2001), Pinchas Zukerman (2006), Glenn Dicterow (2009), and Koichiro Harada of Japan's Toho School of Music (2007), and performed for conductor Kurt Masur (2009).

Nancy has also participated in various competitions. She began participating in 2003 and won the Pearl Amster Concerto Competition twice in 2003 and 2004, and was awarded a Director's Prize at the Kingsville International Competition at age 10. In 2006, as the youngest contestant, Nancy launched her first involvement in an international competition at the 13th Wieniawski International Competition for violinists aged 30 and under, ranking in the top 24 from a pool of 108 applicants. In the spring of 2008, she traveled to Washington, DC, and received first prize at the 5th Johansen International Competition for violin, and in conjunction, received a reward for the best performance of a commissioned work. She also received first prize at the 2nd Chinese International Violin Competition in New York in August 2009. In the winter of 2010, she was a laureate of the 10th International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition and won the special prize for the best performance of Kaija Saariaho¡¯s Tocar for violin and piano. She was an active member of the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio, and won the YOSA Concerto Competition (2004), performing with the Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist. Nancy has participated in the Tuesday Musical Club Competition (2003), ranking in the Bach Circle, the highest level. Nancy has also attended string camps, and has performed at a number of local concerts, such as the ¡°Child Prodigy¡± series (2003-2005).

Besides competing internationally and nationally, Nancy has appeared on the national radio show, "From the Top"(2005) , and has been constantly active outside of school. She was enrolled in the Aspen Music Festival and School (June-July 2008), studying with Paul Kantor, and the New School's New York String Seminar, directed by Jaime Laredo (December 2008).

As a recipient of German violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter¡¯s Circle of Friends Foundation since 2008, Nancy will be collaborating with Ms. Mutter on tours in areas around Europe in March 2011, Southeast Asia in 2013, and the US in 2014. After a successful performance of the Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 2 in Leipzig, Germany at the Mendelssohn-haus with the recipients of the Circle of Friends Foundation in 2009, she will return to Europe in 2011 and play the Mendelssohn Octet with Ms. Mutter and other foundation recipients and perform at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Additionally, Ms. Mutter has generously sponsored Nancy in her musical progress by a monthly scholarship. Other highlights of her concert schedule included solo recitals at the Southwestern University (November 2009), in Washington, DC (October 2009), in Baden-Baden, Germany (July 2010), and at the Coker Methodist Church (March 2010). Concert repertoire works also include Lalo Espagnole with the Mid-Texas Symphony (October 2009), Sibelius Violin Concerto in a professional debut with the San Antonio Symphony (January 2010), Paganini Violin Concerto with the Symphony of the Hills (April 2010), Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 with the Prince George¡¯s Philharmonic (October 2010), and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic in Germany (July 2010).

Aside from music, Nancy was also presented with the Princeton Book Prize (April 2010), a prize awarded to the top 0.6% San Antonio high school juniors outstanding t in academics and extracurricular endeavors and chosen by alumni from Princeton University. Currently, Nancy studies with her father, Long Zhou (from 1997-2010). Now Nancy is studying under her father in San Antonio and Miriam Fried in New Englnad Conservatory in Boston.




Concert Schedule:

Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Leipzig, Germany
MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 66
September 18-20, 2009

Winners'Recital
Washington, DC
October 9-10, 2009

Mid-Texas Symphony
David Mairs, conductor
Seguin, Texas
LALO: Symphonie Espagnole
October 18-20, 2009

Southwestern University
Guest Artists' Recital
Georgetown, TX
November 17, 2009

San Antonio Symphony
Christopher Seaman, conductor
San Antonio, TX
SIBELIUS: Concerto in D minor, op. 47
January 15-17, 2010

Guest Artist Recital
The Arts at Coker Methodist Church
March 28, 2010

Symphony of the Hills
Jay Dunahoo, conductor
SIBELIUS: Concerto in D minor, op. 47
April 29 and May 1, 2010


Guest Artist Recital
Verbier, Switzerland
8/12/2011

Prince George's Philharmonic
College Park, MD
PROKOFIEV: Concerto No. 2 in G minor
October 9-10, 2010

Kuopion Symphony Orchestra
Paganini Concerto No. 1 in D Major OP.6
Jurjen Hempel, conductor
Feb 17, 2011

Tapiola Sinfonietta
Espoo and Helsinki, Finland
Sep 30 and Oct 1, 2011

Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Germany
MENDELSSOHN: Octet, Vivaldi "Four Seasons", and J.S.Bach double concerto for 2 violins and string orchestra D-minor
March 9-20, 2011
Date / Venue / City
3/9/2011 / Kuppelsaal / Hannover
3/10/2011 / Philharmonie / Essen
3/11/2011 / Philharmonie / Koln
3/14/2011 / KKL / Luzern
3/15/2011 / Laeiszhalle / Hamburg
3/16/2011 / Alta Oper / Frankfurt
3/17/2011 / Graf Zeppelin Haus / Friedrichshafen
3/18/2011 / Festspielhaus / Baden-Baden
3/19/2011 / Musikverein / Wien
3/20/2011 / Stadthalle / Wehr



Tour with Anne-Sophie Mutter
Verbier Festival

St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg Philharmonic
September 19, 2011

San Antonio, TX
Coker United Methodist Church
Recital
January 8, 2012

Stockholm, Sweden
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
March 12, 2012

Gothemburg, Germany
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
March 13, 2012

San Antonio Symphony
March 25 and 26, 2012


For more information on Nancy's approaching performance with the San Antonio Symphony in January 2010, go to:
www.sasymphony.org/blog

http://voices.mysanantonio.com/jackfishman/2009/12/san-antonio-violin-sensation.html

http://bit.ly/8NuFhO







 

 

 

The Turner Trio

Blake Turner, born April 13, 1991, began his musical training at age 7, on piano. In 2001, he fell in love with the viola at age 10 and began lessons so he could play in string trios with his two younger brothers who play the violin. Blake studied viola with Suzy Perelman for 2 years and his current teacher, Long Zhou, for more then 2 years. In 2003, Blake was named 1st chair violist in the 7th grade San Antonio Region 11 orchestra. In the summer of 2004, Blake was in demand as a violist. He was given a full scholarship toChamber Music at Snowmass in Colorado and the first Cactus Pear Young Artist Program in San Antonio, Texas. Blake enjoys being the viola section leader in the top Hill Country Youth Orchestra in Kerrville, Texas. Blake's favorite sport is basketball and he loves following the World Champion San Antonio Spurs. Blake has attained the rank of Life Scout and is working towards his Eagle.

Collin Turner, born November 15, 1993, began his musical training at age 5, on violin. Suzy Perelman, his Suzuki violin teacher, inspired his whole family to become interested in music. Collin studied under her direction for 4 years and with his current teacher, Long Zhou, for more then 2 years. Collin is in the top Hill Country Youth Orchestra in Kerrville, Texas. He has won 1st place in several fiddle contests. He is a boy scout and loves to fish, swim, and play basketball. He has added piano lessons to his list of activities.

Dustin Turner, born July 11, 1996, began formally studying the violin at age 4. Dustin studied with Suzy Perelman for 3 years, and his current teacher, Long Zhou, for more then 2 years.

Dustin is the youngest member of the top Hill Country Youth Orchestra in Kerrville. Dustin has performed in 3 Child Prodigy concerts. He and his two brothers are called The Turner Trio. They perform for weddings and banquets. In 2003, the brothers raised $2000 for The San Antonio Symphony by doing Stringing Telegrams. Dustin loves basketball, fishing, and chess. He has added piano lessons to his list of activites.

 

 

 

Wendy Zhang

Wendy was born on February 5, 1996 in Pullman, Washington State. Wendy began her musical studies with Mr. Zhou at age 9 for over 4 years. Under Mr. Zhou¡¯s influence and teaching she received first chair in TMEA Region 12 Orchestra for 7th and 8th grade and the highest score in the NEISD Solo and Ensemble contest in 2007 and 2008. Wendy currently attends Lopez Middle school where she is the first chair of their Honors Orchestra. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys reading, writing, swimming and playing tennis. Wendy has high hopes that with the teachings of Mr. Zhou she will soon become a more skilled violin player.