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Zhu Hong, D.M.A., is a tenured full professor of violin and chamber music, string division head, and the conductor of the chamber orchestra at the University Central Oklahoma, member of the Brisch Center for Historic Performance, and member of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

He won the Yehudi Menuhin Award at The Second England International String Quartet Competition in 1982.  In the same year, he graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing China with a Bachelor's degree, and subsequently he was offered the assistant professor position by his alma mater, the Central Conservatory of Music.  During his tenure at the Central Conservatory of Music he received a full grant to go to Australia to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and to perform around the country, including the Sydney Opera House.

After returning back to the Central Conservatory of Music from Australia, he was promoted to lecturer, (a position between assistant professor and associate professor in China).  later he received a full scholarship to study with Dr. Walter Verdehr at Michigan State University, where he earned both of his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in music performance.

Zhu has been invited to perform concertos as the soloist with the Bangkok National Symphony Orchestra in Thailand, the Chihuahua Philharmonic Orchestra in Mexico, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra, the Oklahoma Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra. He has also served as the concertmaster and guest concertmaster at the Midland Symphony Orchestra in Michigan, the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky, the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra in Colorado and Lawton Symphony Orchestra.

As an experienced violin teacher, Professor Zhu has taught master classes in the United States and several countries in Asia.  He has also taken students to perform in Europe and China. Many of his students have won awards in various of music competitions at state and international levels. 

Classes Taught

Applied Violin

Applied Viola

UCO Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Music

String Technique Class

Education and Certifications

D.M.A., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1995

M.M., Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 1990

B. A., Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, 1982

Exchange Student: Sydney Conservatorium, Australia 1983-85


Teaching Positions

1996 - Professor of Violin, Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra, String Division Head, University of Central Oklahoma

1994-96 - Lecturer of Violin/Viola, Murray State University, Kentucky

1989-94 - Violin and Viola Instructor, Flint Institute of Music, Michigan (Part time)

1991-93 - Violin Instructor, University of Michigan-Flint, Michigan (Part time)                                      

1982-87 - Assistant Professor, Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China

Performances as a Guest Violin Soloist With Large Ensembles

2010 - UCO Symphony Orchestra, UCO Mitchell Hall
He Zhanhao & Chen Gang: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

2010 - UCO Wind Symphony, Tulsa Convention Center, TCC, Broken Arrow and Jenks
Kenneth Benshoof: Out and Back Again

2008 - Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Michigan
He Zhanhao & Chen Gang: Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto

2007 - Thai National Orchestra, Bangkok, Thailand
Vivaldi: Summer Concerto

2006 - Oklahoma Community Orchestra
Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello

2006 - UCO Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi: Four Season Concertos

2006 - Thai National Orchestra, Bangkok, Thailand
Beethoven: Triple Concerto

2006 - Chihuahua Philharmonic Orchestra, Chihuahua, Mexico
Vivaldi: Four Season Concertos

2005 - UCO Chamber Orchestra, Performed in Beijing, China
Vivaldi: Winter Concerto

2003 - UCO Wind Ensemble
Benshoof: “Out and Back Again”

2003 - Oklahoma Youth Symphony
Bruch: Violin Concerto in g minor

2002 - UCO Chamber Orchestra
Bach: Concerto in D for Three Violins

2001 - UCO Symphony Orchestra
Bruch: “Scottish Fantasy”

1999 - UCO Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi: Autumn Concerto

1997 - UCO Symphony Orchestra
Bach: Concerto in d minor for Two Violins

1997 - Colorado Fest Orchestra
Massenet: “Meditation” from Thais

1996 - UCO Symphony Orchestra
Saint-Saens: “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso”

1995 - Murray State University Orchestra
Massenet: “Meditation” from Thais

1994 - Michigan State University Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi: Spring Concerto

Positions in Orchestras

1996-present - Section Violinist, Oklahoma City Philharmonic -more then 20 concerts each year.

2009 November - Guest Concertmaster, Pueblo Symphony

1996-2001 - Concertmaster, Colorado Music Fest Orchestra

1994-96 - Guest Concertmaster, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Kentucky

1993-94 - Concertmaster, Midland Symphony Orchestra, Midland, Michigan

1988-94 - Concertmaster, Michigan State University Symphony Orchestra

1989-94 - Section Violinist, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Michigan,

1987-89 - Section Violinist, Lansing Symphony Orchestra, Lansing, Michigan

1988 Summer - Principal Second, Music Academy of the West Symphony, California

1985-87 - Assistant Concertmaster, China Youth Symphony, Beijing, China

Honors and Awards

"Yehudi Menuhin Award"
The Second England International String Quartet Competition, 1982

"Senior Faculty Award for Professional Contributions"
UCO College of Arts, Media and Design, 2007





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