Born in Guangzhou, China, Danqi Zeng began her violin studies at the age of four. She is pursuing her Master of Music in violin performance and Master of Music in chamber music at the University of Michigan on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Prof. Danielle Belen. Ms. Zeng graduated summa cum laude from College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in Cincinnati with a BM in violin performance on a full Starling Scholarship with Professor Kurt Sassmannshaus.
The youngest two-time winner of the concerto competition at CCM, she has won several international competitions including the Hong Kong International Violin Competition in 2011, the Beijing Forbidden City International Youth Violin Competition in 2013, and the Great Wall International Music Festival’s Concerto Competition in 2014. She won the second and the third prizes at the College-Conservatory of Music’s chamber competition in 2017 and 2019, respectively. She is also the winner of the Marjorie Neville Collaborative Competition in 2018. Most recently, she is the Gold Prize winner of the 2020 MASTA Solo Competition, the winner of the 2020-2021 MTNA Michigan Young Artist Competition, and the finalist of the University of Michigan SMTD Concerto Competition.
Ms. Zeng has performed as a soloist with CCM Concert Orchestra, CCM Philharmonia, and Starling Orchestra. She served as the concertmaster of University Philharmonia Orchestra at the University of Michigan from 2019 to 2020, and she had been the concertmaster of the CCM Concert Orchestra for multiple seasons. She has performed for renowned violinists including Zakhar Bron, Donald Weilerstein, Augustin Hadelich, James Ehnes, Yura Lee, Ben Sayevich, Feng Ning, and Stefan Jackiw. In past summers, she received scholarships to attend music festivals such as the Great Wall Festival, the High Peaks Music Festival, the Innsbrook Festival on scholarship, and the Bowdoin Festival. She also served as the Associate Music Director of the Metropolitan Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Michigan in 2020.