Our Musicians

Yi Zhou, who began violin studies in Mainland China, earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and then went on to receive a full scholarship with Professor Alice Schoenfeld at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After graduating USC, Yi worked with groups including Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony, San Diego Opera and Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, and Long Beach Symphony. Yi has played at prestigious Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany, and across Germany, Holland, Finland, Denmark, Latvia, and Estonia. Upon moving to Vancouver in 2006, Yi has become active in the Vancouver musical community and has been playing with the Vancouver Symphony since 2006 as an extra musician and has been a member of the first violin section since 2009. Yi has also played with many other groups including Vancouver Opera Orchestra, CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Vancouver Intercultural Orchestral. Yi has played in jazz and pop music projects with artists including Michael Buble, Josh Groban and “The Tragically Hip”.


Pianist Dr. Greg Caisley has worked throughout Western Canada playing, accompanying and recording with musicians and students for 30 years. He has worked in many aspects of music performance and education: coaching singers, working as a solo piano adjudicator, doing recital work, and most recently as a conductor of several instrumental and choir ensembles. In 2003, Dr. Caisley completed his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is also currently the Executive Secretary of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators Association. Other passions include his three children (ages 5- 120), wife Yi Zhou (violinist in the Vancouver Symphony), as well as cycling, poetry, travelling to warm places, and a love of the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest.