Xiaolai Zhou is a multi-style cellist, soloist, chamber musician, orchestra player, composer and educator. He appeared as principal cellist performed Tanglewood Music Center opening concert at Ozawa Hall in 2017. He won first prize of Reno Chamber Orchestra 26th Concerto Competition and performed in Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts 2015. His cello playing start at age of six with his father, twelve years old made his debut in competition in Gansu, China. When he graduated from Renmin University School of Arts in Beijing, he won a professional position in Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Opera House. He performed Dvorak Cello Concerto at Shanghai Oriental Art Center in 2009. His performances have taken him to venues throughout the US and internationally, including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Music Shed, Ozawa Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall etc.
Mr. Zhou is pursuing Doctor of Musical Art in Kansas University. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Renmin University School of the Arts in China, an Artist Diploma from Texas Christian University, and Master of Music degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. His primary cello teachers have included Hannah Collins, Gibbs Mark, Dmitri Atapine, Jesus Castro-Balbi Richard Aaron, Alan Harris, Guoyao Hu, and Yuanze Huang. He was choose to perform in Master Classes with Yoheved Kaplinsky; Joseph Lin; Astrid Schween; Joel Smirnoff; Ani Kavafian, Brinton Averil Smith, Philippe Muller, Robert McDonald, Ralph Kirshbaum, Joel Krosnick, Norman Ficher and Borromeo String Quartet etc.