Hailing from Wuhan, China, Qiuzi was born in a music family. Oboist Hu Qiuzi studied under Singapore Symphony Orchestra oboe Principal Rachel Walker and received her Bachelor’s degree (honours) from National University of Singapore, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Music. At Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute, she completed her Master’s degree under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra English-horn Principal Jane Marvin, and pursued a graduate performance diploma under Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Principal oboist Katherine Needleman. She also studied with Liang Wang, principal oboist of New York Philharmonic.
In 2014, Qiuzi performed professionally with the Dun Shan Wind Orchestra in Beijing and performed regularly at the National Center for Performing Arts and the Beijing Concert Hall. As an orchestral musician, Qiuzi freelanced as oboist (doubling on English horn) with ensembles including Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Festival Orchestra Singapore, Singapore Lyric Opera, Macau Symphony, Guangzhou Symphony, Wuhan Philharmonic, Hubei Opera and Dance Theater.
At kids’ philharmonic@sg, Qiuzi teaches oboe, piano and music theory. She has had experience teaching oboe and piano at various schools in Beijing and in Singapore.
In her free time (when she’s not making reeds), Qiuzi enjoys water colouring and oil painting and loves dogs.