Born in Sichuan, China, Zhao Tian began his violin lessons with his father when he was three years old.
He was admitted to the Sichuan Conservatory of Music to further his violin studies under Professor Hu Weimin at the age of 8. At the age of 18, he was awarded full scholarship to study at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore, where he studied with Professor Qian Zhou. In 2014, he has been selected as exchange student to the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. That same year, he received full scholarship from the Manhattan School of Music to pursue his double Master’s degree (in violin solo & orchestral performance) with former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, Glenn Dicterow and world renowned violin professor, Lucie Robert. Prior to joining the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, he has worked with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra since 2016 and performed at the Proms in 2018.
An active chamber musician, Zhao Tian has participated in many music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival and those of the Music Academy of the West. He has collaborated in chamber music with many distinguished musicians and groups such as Glenn Dicterow, Gil Shaham, Pinchas Zukerman, Lucie Robert, David Takino, American String Quartet and Emerson String Quartet. Zhao Tian has appeared as soloist with the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Orchestra and Penang Philharmonic, performing concertos by Bruch and Tchaikovsky.
He plays a 1904 Matthias Albani violin generously loaned by Mr and Mrs Rin Kei Mei.