Charles Zhou - Berkeley Symphony

Charles Zhou



Charles Zhou was born in Shanghai, China, and started learning violin when he was 13. He played in the Shanghai Ballet Orchestra 1984-1986, then came to the U.S. to continue his music study in August 1986 at Music & Art Institute of San Francisco. Mr. Zhou joined Berkeley Symphony under the baton of Kent Nagano in 1987, and also played with the Vallejo Symphony from 1998- 2005.


  • Hometown: Shanghai, China
  • Started playing at age 13
  • Started playing with Berkeley Symphony in 1987
  • Favorite works featuring my instrument: Bach’s sonatas & partitas for solo violin, Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto