Zoe started her music endeavour with erhu at the age of 6. At the age of 15 Zoe began taking private lessons from the famous erhu player Sun Huang, and during the same year gained her Grade 10 exam for C.M.C.A (Chinese Music Cultural Arts). In 2005 she competed in Beijing’s Strings Music competition and was awarded the silver award for second place. In 2008, she was invited to play the erhu in the “Bird Nest” performance during the closing ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games. In 2017, she met John Key and received the gold award in the World Art Festival. In 2019, she received the “Rising Star” award at the Final Round of Melbourne International Shaoqin Erhu Competition. Alongside playing traditional Chinese folk music, Zoe has found a love for blues and jazz. She has performed in Electronica Musical “CHOLE AND THE CHOSTS OF ELECTRIC SOULDS” with the great music doctor Jeremy Mayall.
“Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless. Music education should not be a privilege for a lucky few, it should be a part of every child’s world of possibility.” Zoe love to stimulate student’s creativity and imagination through the erhu !
Zoe Li is a Chinese violin—(Erhu, which instrument has only two string) player and teacher in Wellington. She holds the Bachelor of Music at Wintec, and a post-graduate classical performance degree at Victoria University of Wellington. Within her classical career, Zoe has worked with lots of quartets, ensembles and Orchestras all over the world, including Beijing string ensemble, NZ ECPF quartet, Singapore folk orchestra and so on. She has six years of teaching experience and loves teaching erhu to students from age 5 to adult.