Born in Shanghai, Lin ZHU began her cello studies at an early age and later attended the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. At the age of 15, she entered the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts as a full scholarship student studying with Prof. Ray Wang. Ms. ZHU has received her Bachelor and Master degree of music with Prof. Joel Krosnick at the Juilliard School. In 2009, she received her second Master degree from the Manhattan School of Music majored in orchestral study.
Ms. ZHU has won the first-prize of the Third National Cello competition in China, first-prizes in the Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition, the winner of Artists International Award, and the second prize winner of the Hong Kong Competition for Asian Young Musician.
Throughout her performance career, ZHU has remained very active. She has appeared as soloist with Budapest Concert Orchestra, Ulster Symphony, the Juilliard Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony, Bangkok Symphony, and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. She has frequently performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall in New York and Zetland Hall, the Culture Center, and City Hall in Hong Kong as a soloist and chamber music player. She was invited to record a recital for the program titled “Young Music Today”, subsequently broadcast on Hong Kong's classical music station. Ms. ZHU has also participated in the Carinthia Festival, Casals Festival, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and the Chamber Festival in Juilliard.
The Strad Magazine said “… a very persuasive interpreter… her tone is warm and expressive, her vibrato exceptionally variegated.”
Ms. ZHU now serves as the associate cello principal at Shanghai Symphony Orchestra.