Zhan Shu

Zhan Shu joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the start of the 2014-2015 season. Before coming to the PSO, he was a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and served as Acting Associate Concertmaster for the 2008-2009 season. Previously, he was also Concertmaster of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Guest Concertmaster of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra in Iowa , Xian and Hunan Symphony Orchestras in China, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra in Germany, as well as Orchestra Training Program at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

Shu has won numerous competitions, including the grand prize at the Friday Woodmere Music Club Young Artist Competition, the Midland-Odessa Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Indiana University Concerto Competition, the Mannes College of Music Concerto Competition and the Texas Music Festival Concerto Competition, and pricewinner of the New Jersey Symphony Young Artist Competition, the Central Conservatory Violin Competition and the China Youth Violin Competition.

Shu has appeared as soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Midland- Odessa Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Indiana University Philharmonic, the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, the Mannes Orchestra and the Hunan Symphony Orchestra. The recordings of Shu's performances have been heard on WQXR's McGraw Hill Young Artists Showcase in New York City, WUSF in Tampa, KUHF in Houston and NPR.

An active chamber musician, Shu has been invited to participate in Sarasota Music Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival and Vietnam Connection Music Festival. He's performed regularly with the Present Music and Colectivo Coffee Chamber Music Series in Milwaukee.

A native of China, Shu received his early training from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. At 16, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Mannes College of Music with Lucie Robert. Upon graduation, Shu was awarded the George and Elizabeth Gregory Award for Excellence in Performance, and a full scholarship to study at the University of Houston with Emanuel Borok. Shu later became recipient of the Josef Gingold and Jascha Heifetz Scholarships from Indiana University, where he was an Artist Diploma Student under the guidance of Mauricio Fuks and Alexander Kerr. In his spare time, Shu enjoys hiking, teaching and playing basketball.