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Oct
25
Jin Zhang @ Orpheum Theatre

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Oct
17
Jin Zhang @ University of Victoria Farquhar Auditorium

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

May
31
Jin Zhang @ Shaughnessy United Church

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Zhang has managed to combine Asian delicacy with western assertiveness to achieve a truly exciting synthesis of style and meeds. To some degreem his music captures the kind of vibrancy heard in the works of Tan Dun... - Georgia Straight


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Born in Beijing, Jin Zhang began his musical education at the Central Conservatory of Music in China. He studied conducting with Professor Morihiro Okabe at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo and then with maestros, Kazuyoshi Akiyama and Seiji Ozawa.

Since moving to Canada in 1990, Zhang has established a reputation as a conductor and composer who actively promotes the appreciation and knowledge of symphonic orchestral music and who combines Eastern and Western musical expression in his compositions. He has written music for many ensembles and organizations as well as for television productions and recordings
and has received several grants through the Canada Council for the Arts. Most recently, under the aegis of the Pangaea Arts Society, he was granted major Olympic Arts funding to create a new work.

Zhang was commissioned by Silk Road Music to write a piece for Chinese instruments and orchestra for its performance with the Victoria Symphony in 2008. He composed music for the film, Nu Shu: A Hidden Language of Women in China, which received the Audience and Best Documentary Awards at the 2001 Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne in Torino, Italy. He also composed music for the Millennium Project produced by the Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre in 2000. In 2007, he became resident composer for the Orchid Ensemble with the support of the SOCAN Foundation. In his early year, his composition received a prize in a nationwide music competition in China.

His works are performed by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra among many other orchestras and chamber ensembles and have been recorded for broadcast by the BBC, CBC and VTV among other television and radio networks. In 2006, the Canadian Music Centre selected Zhang for its online initiative, Composer Portraits - Influences of Many Musics. This project focuses on Canadian composers who emigrated from other countries and highlights their valuable contribution to music in Canada.

Zhang has directed and conducted many ensembles in the Vancouver area including symphony and chamber orchestras and traditional Chinese orchestras and choirs. He is the Music Director and Conductor for the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Intermediate Orchestra. In 2004, the City of New Westminster honoured Zhang for his ten years of distinguished service to the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and to the City.