While studying at the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, she was discovered by the Japanese cellist Ryosuke Hori, who invited her to Japan. In 1999 Seiji Ozawa helped her move to Berlin for further study at the Karajan Academy and she also took private lessons with Mstislav Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma.
Jing Zhao was winner of the first prize at the renowned ARD International Music Competition in Munich and also won the first prize in the “Viva Hall” Violoncello Competition and the Music Awards. In addition, in 2009, she was awarded the prize for best interpretation of a new work and the audience prize at the renowned Exxon Mobil Music Awards in Japan.
She has performed under noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Jean Fournet, Myung-whun Chung, Eliahu Inbal and Riccardo Muti. She is a passionate chamber music player and has performed with artists including Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer, Eric Le Sage, Daishin Kashimoto, Guy Braunstein, Myung-whun Chung, Konstantin Lifschitz and Michael Barenboim.
Jing Zhao has performed with orchestras including the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, NHK Symphony, New Japan Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Singapore Symphony Orchestra,Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Jing Zhao was born in Beijing and started playing the violoncello at the age of five. She lives in Berlin, Germany.

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