Jiexi Zhao, artist, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, record producer, and arranger was born in Beijing, currently based in Boston. Under the influence of his grandparents being both well-established singers in China during the 60s, at the age of 9, Jiexi already started studying music production and arranging. At the age of 12, Jiexi had already outstandingly passed the highest level of Standard Examination from the Central Conservatory of Music. He has also won an award for his extraordinary music production skills in China at 12. As an artist, Jiexi has already had multiple performances and concerts across Asia and the US including performing as a guest artist along with multiple established and uprising artists such as Tia Ray and Jefferson Qian, on numerous shows such as the annual China-U.S. Music Summit Concert; As a Producer/Composer, he had also scored multiple award-winning short films and documentaries since the age of 16, and working with directors and producers such as Evan Jackson Leong and Brian Yang, director of “Linsanity”, to upcoming award-winning directors and producers such as Charles Dong and Linhan Zhang.
Jiexi Zhao's childhood was a combination of Western and Eastern culture. Under the influence of his grandparents being both well-established singers in China during the 60s, he was surrounded by music since early childhood, and started training classically at the age of 3; At the same time, he has been influenced by the US and UK’s 90s/00s R&B and Pop music. Therefore, his influences come from multiple music worlds, such as UK artists like Elton John, Lana Del Ray, and Tom Misch; R&B artists like Stevie Wonder, Brian Mcknight, Daniel Caesar, and D’angelo; Film composers such as Ennio Morricone & Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Chinese-pop artists such as Eason Chan and Khalil Fong. During the 5 years he studied at Berklee College of Music, he has studied music production/composition with GRAMMY and EMMY award-winning composer, Claudio Ragazzi, and Billboard Top 10 producer, Joe Carrier. He has also studied vocal with well-respected and established singers such as Jeff Ramsey, and Jeremiah Abiah, who both worked and performed with artists such as Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, and Robert Glasper.