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Jingye Zhang

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Jingye Zhang is one of the most distinguished Chinese young violinist and concertmaster of the Beijing symphony orchestra. Jingye is the Violin Faculty member of the Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing, China, Guest Faculty member of the Queens College, City University of New York and the Director of Beijing Modern Music Festival.

As a student of the most respectable violin Professor Lin Yaoji in China, Jingye started to learn the violin at the age of four and was admitted into the Elementary and Middle Schools affiliated to the CCOM as well as the undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Jingye also studied with Professor Guan Wang ,Professor Xiangyang Li, Professor Zhaoyang Lin and Professor Daniel Phillips. Besides, Jingye received guidance and appreciation from renowned international violin masters such as Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman and Amadeus String Quartet. During the studying period, as the most promising and talented Chinese young chamber musician, Jingye was awarded the scholarship of the “Bentley China CCOM Music Education Fund”. In addition, Jingye was invited to be filmed in the sequel of the Academy award-winning documentary entitled “From Mao to Mozart” which was directed and acted by Isaac Stern.

Jingye is a prize winner in many national and international violin competitions, including the most prestigious competition organized by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China, “The 6th Chinese Golden Bell Awards for Music” in 2007 and he also won the Special Prize from the “Prize Committee of Honour for the best interpretation of a piece of J.S. Bach” in “The 15th Andrea Postacchini Violin Competition” in 2008.

Jingye  has performed throughout the Europe, North America, Asia and many other countries and regions. He successfully played concerts in famous performing venues such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, U.S.A., the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China and the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

Apart from being violin soloist presenting recitals and cooperating with orchestras regularly, Jingye is zealous in chamber music. Not only Jingye participates in but he has also established various chambers groups with different styles, including Yun Ensemble, DNA Trio, Beijing Quartet, Shan Quartet, National Centre for the Performing Arts Octet and the Beijing Duo established in New York, the U.S.A.  Jingye also performs frequently with various orchestras such as Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Tianjin Symphony Orchestra, Xi'an Symphony Orchestra, Baotou Symphony Orchestra, Cross-Strait Symphony Orchestra and PMF Symphony Orchestra for performing symphonic works. In March 2009, Jingye was selected as an orchestral member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, in which only two mainland China musicians were selected to join under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor of Michael Tilson Thomas. Besides, Jingye is the judging panelist in many violin competitions including the 2011 CCTV Piano and Violin Competition.

As the Director of Beijing Modern Music Festival, Jingye proactively supports modern music, collaborates with avant-garde musicians, including international composers Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, John Milton Cage, Ye Xiaogang, Guo Wenjing and Tan Dun and premiere their new works. Jingye constantly performs and promotes voluminous new music, with the aim to providing classical music lovers a completely new angle to appreciate modern music and expand their horizons.

Jingye plays Italy Violin sponsored by the YU Art foundation.

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