Celia Zhang

Celia Zhang

Celia Zhang

  • Violin



Teaching Philosophy

I am a firm believer in the old adage that “knowledge is never wasted”. With music’s unique combination of technical and creative facets, it becomes the perfect tool with which to teach students to teach themselves. I absolutely believe that there is no single method that works for everyone or is better than the rest – instead, an individual’s learning style should be discovered and customized, and address not only the musical tasks at hand, but also the personal traits and styles of the individual. Most importantly, learning to understand that one is not meant to know everything or always have an answer at the ready is, I find, a pivotal moment in the learning process which then truly allows the student to explore the instrument and music freely.

Teaching Biography

Raised in Louisville, KY, Celia earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, and her Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music. Her principal teachers include Kurt Sassmannshaus, Naoko Tanaka and Syoko Aki. She has had a private studio of students since 2012 of all ages and levels. Additionally, her time at Yale allowed her to work extensively with the Music In Schools Initiative for three years before recently moving to Boston. This upcoming year, Celia is excited to continue working with the students at Brookline Music School this year in both private lessons and through the Orchestra Skills class.

Performance Biography

Violinist Celia has enjoyed a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra performer. She won her first professional solo performance with the Louisville Orchestra at age 14, and enjoyed several subsequent solo performances for years after with them, as well as with the Starling Chamber Orchestra. She has also worked with some of history’s finest conductors, performing in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall with James DePriest, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Leonard Slatkin, and others. Celia has also been invited as a Fellowship recipient to festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival, the Spoleto Festival, Music Academy of the West, and others. Recent performances include appearances with the New Haven Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Norwalk Symphony, and the Spoleto Festival Orchestra.


B.M., Violin Performance, The Juilliard School; M.M. Yale School of Music