Dong Zhou was born in 1992 in Shanghai. Although from her great grandfather, all generations of her family play traditional Chinese Sizhu Music, she learnt piano from 3 and violin from 9 and played in orchestra from 12. She gained her B. A. in electroacoustic music composition in Shanghai conservatory and M.A. in multimedia composition in Hamburg University of Music and Drama and names Qiangbin Chen, Yi Qin, Georg Hajdu and Elmar Lampson as her most significant former mentors. As a composer and multimedia artist, she always tries to create different spaces and layers of sound and combine different languages of art to fully express her point of view and imagination.
Her works were presented in Shanghai International Art Festival(2013/2015), the ‘Sound of World’ Microsoft ringtones collection (2014), SMC(2016/2018), Blurred Edge(2016/2017/2018), WOCMAT(2016/2017) , EUROMicroFest(2017), NYCEMF(2017), KlingtGut(2017), ZKM Next Generation(2017/2019) and ICMC(2017/2018). She was commissioned by Shanghai International Art Festival in 2015, CLAB Festival Hamburg in 2018 and ZKM Karlsruhe in 2019. In ICMC 2018 Hacker-N-Makerthon, her project with Deborah Kim got the first prize. She was also one of the four finalists of the Composition Prize of 2019 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb.
Apart from composition, she has also strong interest in literature, sociology and performance art. She won the second prize in “New Concept” Chinese Youth Literature Contest in 2013 and worked as a trainee editor in Shanghai Writer’s Association. As a violinist and performer for multimedia piece, she performed with different groups and bands in Shanghai, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Hannover, Bremen and Oldenburg. Currently she is doing a doctoral study in Aesthetics and Culture of Digital Media in Leuphana University under professor Dr. Rolf Großmann’s supervision.