Tianyou Ma was born in Shenzhen, China and began to play violin when he was three with teachers PingXing Li and Songyang Li. Following a move to Australia, where he studied with Keith Crellin, he gave several concerto performances with the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. He joined the Yehudi Menuhin School in 2014 for studies with Diana Galvydyte. Tianyou has performed widely as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player, and has won prizes at the Postacchini Violin Competition and the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts International Summer Academy. In 2019, he began studies at The Curtis Institute of Music with Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi.