Zhou Tengfei received critical acclaim for his recording of Jean-Marie Leclair's Six Sonatas for Two Violins op. 3.
“Tengfei offers neat, accomplished and characterful reading of the sonatas... crisply articulated...with charming lightness and spirit." The Strad
“Impressive and highly enjoyable!” It was selected by the Fanfare magazine in their "2010 Want List".
Born in Shanghai, Zhou Tengfei started his musical training with his father, Zhou Zunxian, and attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music from the age of 10. He made his solo debut at 18 with the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall, and after studying with Roy Malan (Concertmaster of San Francisco Ballet Orchestra), continued his training with Xiao-fu Zhou in Philadelphia. He received full scholarships to study at the Oberlin Conservatory with Almita Vamos and at The Juilliard School with Dean Stephen Clapp.
Zhou served as Concertmaster of the Pacific Music Festival in 1996 and led the orchestra on its Japan tour. In 1998 he was Assistant Concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra in Italy, under the baton of Richard Hickox in the Festival Opening Gala concert, and he has also served as Assistant Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra, and as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Opera Orchestra. He was a member of the Sun Valley Festival Orchestra, an orchestra comprised of over 100 musicians from major orchestras throughout the United States and Canada, and collaborated with U2 lead singer Bono in “One” at New Jersey's Giants Stadium.
Zhou plays on the “Ex-Alan Loveday” violin. It was on this violin that Loveday made the celebrated 1969 recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, selling over 750,000 copies, resulting in the award of the Academy's first ever gold disc.