Winner of the 1st prize at the renowned ARD International Music Competition (54th) in Munich in September 2005. In addition, she was awarded the prize for best interpretation of a new work and the audience prize at this renowned competition. 2009 Music Awards by ExxonMobil in Japan. Jing Zhao born in Beijing and started playing the violoncello at the age of
While studying at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, she was discovered by the Japanese cellist, Mr. Ryosuke Hori. Deeply impressed by her musical gifts, he arranged to invite her to Japan for further study. In 1996, she received a special scholarship for foreign students from the Tokyo College of Music and enrolled in its affiliated high school. In 1999, Maestro Ozawa helped her to move to Berlin for further study at the Karajan Academy and took private lessons with Maestro Rostropovich and Yo-Yo Ma.
After winning the first prize at the Second Cello Competition organized by Viva Hall in Japan 1997, she has performed under noted conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Jean Fournet, Myung-Whung Chung,Eliahu Inbal and Riccardo Muti. She is also active in chamber music and performed with Emmanuel Pahud, Paul Meyer,Eric Le Sage,Guy Braunstein, Konstantin Lifschitz and Trevor Pinnock. In January 2007, she was chosen to perform chamber music with H.I.H. Crown Prince Naruhito (Japanese prince) together with Daishin Kashimoto (vln.), Dong-Hyuck Ahn (contrabass), and Myung-Whun Chung on piano. Jing ZHAO has played with many world class orchestra as NHK Symphony,New Japan Philamonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, Filharmonica della Scala,Singapore Symphony Orchestra，Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Prag Symphony. In the year 2008 she played openning new year concert for China Grand Theater in Beijing with Maestro Seiji Ozawa.
Jing ZHAO has studied under Song Tao, Georg Faust, Ryosuke Hori, and Mario Brunello, and from 2002 study at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin under David Geringas.
In July 2009, Jing ZHAO played piano trio tour with Myung-Whun Chung, and in September after playing in Jerusalem festival, also in September Jing ZHAO played a Japan tour under Mikhail
In April 2012 Jing Zhao performed Haydn cello concerto in C with the philharmonic orchestra under maestro Lorin Maazel. In.June 2012 she was invited by Martha Argerich to she's festival in Lugano. With her deep musicality and virtuosity, Jing ZHAO is considered one of the most promising artists now establishing an international career.
Jing Zhao uses Giovanni Grancino made in 1690 which is kindly loaned by Mr. Lin Kim Min in Singapore.