Amely Zhou is a young Canadian musician trained in both Eastern and Western traditions. She began her music studies at an early age at the Shenzhen Arts School. In 2005, she was recognized as one of the school’s most outstanding music students. In 2007, after her immigration to Canada, she joined the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, where she is currently the orchestra’s bow-string section assistant principal. She regularly performs with the orchestra, helping to promote Chinese orchestral music in Canada. In 2010, she co-founded the Chinese-Western fusion instrumental band “Spire.” Utilizing both Eastern and Western musical elements, she arranges music for the band and performs with the band on a regular basis. In 2010, Amely achieved a First Award at the Kiwanis Music Festival for her erhu solo performance. Amely also won the 2013 York University Concerto Competition, and performed with the York University Symphony Orchestra as an erhu soloist.
Amely teaches erhu both privately and at a number of private schools and non-profit organizations, including the Yip’s Canada: Music Montessori School, Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute, Scarborough Chinese Baptist Church, and Centre for Immigrant and Community Services. She also collaborates frequently with different musicians and composers from different musical backgrounds. She has produced erhu music for various different purposes, such as television broadcast, musical theatre production, and charity fundraising. Amely has conducted a number of music workshops in Ontario, including those for the Toronto Catholic District School Board’s Asian Heritage Month, the Baycrest Community Day Centre for Seniors, as well as the World Music class at York University. She also volunteers her time to share Chinese music with local school children. Amely is passionate about and dedicated to the promotion of erhu music in Canada.