Lisha Gu was born in HeBi, China. She has been playing violin since she was 7 years old. She went to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she received second place in the Central Conservatory Violin Competition. She is now a junior at the Oberlin Conservatory studying with Prof. Milan Vitek. She has participated in many major competitions, including the Carl Nielson International Violin Competition and the Tchaikovsky Youth Violin Competition. She received the special prize in the China National Violin Competition. Ms. Gu was concertmaster of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in 2009.