First Violin

Violinist Jing Zeng joined the first violin section of The Phoenix Symphony in September 2006. A native of China, she began playing the violin at age four and was accepted as the top violin student into the Sichuan Conservatory of Music at age eleven. While attending the conservatory’s middle and high schools she was the winner of the Sixth National Violin Competition in Beijing, China. At age of sixteen, she was accepted into the Young Artist Program of the Cleveland Institute of Music where she received both bachelor and master degrees, studying with the president of the institute, David Cerone, his wife, Linda Sharon Cerone, and the concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, William Preucil.

Ms. Zeng has performed in numerous recital and chamber music concerts since arriving in the United States. She was the first prize winner of the Darius Milhaud Performance Competition and principal second violin and soloist for the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado. Jing toured Japan twice as the associate concertmaster and principal second violin of the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Edo de Waart, and Wei-Pin Chien and performed with musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. She attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar under Jamie Laredo and performed with Leon Fleisher and Gil Shaham at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Jing has also been selected to participate in the Music Bridge International Music Workshop six times in Canada.

Ms. Zeng has been a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Jing also was the concertmaster of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.