A recent graduate of Bachelor in Music with honours from the Royal College of Music, Malaysian violinist Zhi Hsuan Lim started music lessons at the age of 6 and achieved the LTCL Performance Diploma of Trinity College London with Distinction at the age of 16. She is under the tutelage of Professor Detlef Hahn for violin. Prior to joining the RCM, Zhi Hsuan performed chamber music extensively with the Seremban Quartet and the Arioso Sinfonia, and was one of the featured soloists for Arioso Sinfonia’s “Baroque Treasures” concert at the 11th JB Arts Fest and during the orchestra’s three-city Italian Concert Tour.
Remarkable orchestra projects that Zhi Hsuan has been involved in include working with Maxim Vengerov, Vasily Petrenko and members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. At the end of June, she will be playing in the RCM Symphony Orchestra performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall working with conductor Ryan Bancroft. Zhi Hsuan performs solo and as a chamber group regularly at St. Mary Abbots and RCM as part of the lunchtime concert. She is also part of a piano trio premiering works featuring aleatoric music by RCM composers in Head on Photo Festival in 2022.
Notable achievements include the Third Prize in the Young Artiste Category of the Euroasia Strings Competition in 2018, and Second Prize at the HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana International Ensemble Competition Music competition in Bangkok, Thailand, performing as one of the violin soloists with Arioso Sinfonia. Zhi Hsuan was also involved in a major recording project of the Malaysian State Anthems led by His Royal Highness Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz Patron of the Euroasia Association of Performing Arts.
Over the years, Zhi Hsuan has had the opportunity to share the stage with renowned international artistes such as Dante Milozzi from Italy and French Cellist Valerie Aimard. She has also participated in workshops and masterclasses with prominent artistes such as Eszter Haffner, Susie Mészáros, Nigel Clayton, Kathron Sturrock, Amanda Truelove, Amaury Coeytaux, Saskia Lethiec, Maud Lovett, Sayaka Ohira and Benjamin Fabre. Zhi Hsuan performs on a violin modeled after the “Il Cremonese” Stradivari made by Maestro Francesco Bissolotti. Apart from performing, Zhi Hsuan was also involved with assisting children with special needs in In-Deep Music Therapy.