Rollin Zhao is a graduate of the University of Queensland, completing a Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours in 2016. During his tertiary years, he studied with Adam Chalabi, Robin Wilson and Spiros Rantos, and from 2014 to 2015 he studied at the Australian National Academy of Music. As a soloist, Rollin performed alongside other young musicians at the inaugural Lucas Parklands Young Musicians Festival in 2014. That year he was also a finalist in the Kendall National Violin Competition and received the Bach Prize and Audience Choice Award.
Since returning to Brisbane in 2016, Rollin has been active as a freelance musician and is a founding member of the Recreate Project, a group dedicated to reimagining classical works for the purposes of relieving anxiety and stress through music. Throughout 2017, he toured regional Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia as an Emerging Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective.