A world-famous pipa virtuoso, Professor Zhang Qiang is director of the String Instrument Division of the Chinese Music Department at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (CCOM).
Since graduating from CCOM in 1987, Professor Zhang has devoted himself to teaching at the conservatory as a pipa instructor for almost three decades. He has been a judge at major domestic and international instrumental music competitions and has been invited to give lectures at many educational institutions. In addition to his traditional approach in systematic technique training, Professor Zhang focuses on the cultivation of students' music awareness and strongly urges his students to explore and display personal character in performing. Many of his students stand out as national winners of China’s highest-level competitions.
Professor Zhang is an active performer throughout China and abroad. He has regularly appeared in international music festivals: the Edinburgh International Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center Festival of Contemporary Music, Berlin Art Week, Torino Art Festival, and other festivals held in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. His musical collaborations also include the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, China National Symphony Orchestra, Dutch New Orchestra, China Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, China Radio National Orchestra, Shanghai National Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Taipei National Orchestra, Guangdong National Orchestra, Macau Chinese Orchestra, and Singapore Chinese Orchestra. He has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, Musikverein (Golden Hall in Vienna), and Lincoln Center in New York City. His work features solo pieces for pipa, concertos, and traditional repertoires, and he actively engages in contemporary chamber music.
Professor Zhang maintains a lifelong devotion to academic research. Together with three professors from the Central Conservatory, he has been working on a historical preservation project, Xian Suo Bei Kao, imparting, performing, and eventually completing restoration of 1,814 manuscripts from the Qing Dynasty.