"Every flower makes a sound, if you listen."
Shishi Zhou is a classically trained musician graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a Master’s degree in violin performance. Her primary professors include esteemed pedagogue-artist Lucy Chapman and Ayano Ninomiya. She also completed a Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee on a generous scholarship and with mentorship from Lynn Chang. Shishi first started playing the violin at age four and attended music middle school affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music at age thirteen. During her early trainings in Shanghai, China, She won the Gold Medal prize of Eastern Young Star Violin Competition and was awarded first prize in Bode Cup Chamber Music Competition with her piano trio. In September 2008, Shishi came to study abroad at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, United States, and graduated with academic honors in 2010. In September the same year, Shishi began her undergraduate studies at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee while served as concertmistress in conservatory orchestras. Her chamber group, the Nebula String Quartet, was named 2013 BOCO Honors Chamber Ensemble. In April 2014, Shishi won the first prize in BOCO String Department Honors Solo Competition and graduated in May, Cum Laude. During her graduate studies at NEC, Shishi further developed interests in teaching and community engagement; both of which were believed to make an impact on her pursuit and to inspire others. She organized and delivered multiple performance-demenstrations around the Boston region as well as designed a music appreciation course for a Boston public school. Most recently, Shishi is interested in her development as a classical violinist, while she also plays with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, cultivating her period instrument playing at the same time.