A native of Sichuan, grew up in Karamay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, Zhou Juan graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music (BA and MA, music composition) and University of Missouri – Kansas City (DMA, music composition). She joined the faculty of the Composition Department of the Central Conservatory in 2010, and now is associate professor in music composition and theory. She was awarded the Golden Bell Award of the Association of Literature and Arts (China, 2 times), 17th and 18th National Music Composition Award of Ministry of Culture (China), ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award (USA), GEDOK International Composition Competition “Fuch-Award“ (Germany), Staunton Music Festival Emerging Composer Award (USA), and University of Missouri – Kansas City Chamber Composition Competition. She received commissions and has worked with China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Korean Traditional Arts Foundation, Beijing People’s Art Theatre, Chongqing Peking Opera House, Chengdu Peking Opera Research Center, Alarm Will Sound, Adorno Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble, Kansas City Chorale, Kansas City Electronic Music & Arts Alliance, Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio, Virginia Arts Festival John Duffy Composers Institute, California Summer Music, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts, Fu Chengxian Commemorate Foundation, and Edgar Snow Foundation. Kansas City Radio KKFI and Karamay Radio also featured her music. Zhou Juan’s major works include End of the Earth (orchestra), Far Far Away (orchestra), Made in China (orchestra), Before “Curtain!” (symphonic band), My Spiritual Garden (Uygur artists and chamber orchestra), Wu Kong (opera), Fate Makes a Choice (music theater), Golden Lock (Peking Opera incidental music), Sing by the River Flower (Peking Opera incidental music), Oedipus the King (musical play), Love Cantata, Wind (chorus), Second Language (jazz mixed combo), Water Your Memory (jazz band), Ming (large ensemble), Say “Bye” (large ensemble), Cycle of Life (song cycle), two string quartets, and many chamber works.