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Aireleen Zhu

Aireleen began her cello studies at the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, and she is currently pursuing her master’s degree under the guidance of Professor Eric Wilson there. She has received masterclasses from Johannes Moser, Philippe Muller, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Anssi Karttunen, Gary Hoffman, Amit Peled and Katinka Kleijn.

As a soloist, she has performed with Richmond Delta Youth Orchestra and Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra. As an orchestral player, she has performed with UBC Symphony Orchestra, Lagom Music Society, National Youth Orchestra of China in 2020, 2019, and 2018, BCMEA Honor String Orchestra, and BC Philharmonic Orchestra. She is the cellist of UBC’s Quartet in Residence for 2023-2024.

She has won many awards, including the Gold Medal from the Vancouver International Music Competition, the Second Prize with her quintet from the 67th Annual Young Musicians Competition¾Friends of Chamber Music Senior Category, the First Prize from 2021 New York Golden Classical Music Awards International Competition, and the Third Prize from the 28th World Music Competition¾Canada Division.

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