Jin Zhang - Piano
Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing
Professor Jin Zhang is the head of the Piano Performance Section of the Music School of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, P.R. China. He has served as the General Secretary and a judge of the National Xing Hai Cup Piano Competition in China for many years and also served in the same position for the 5th International Frederick Chopin Competition in Russia for young pianists.
Professor Zhang graduated from the Piano Department of the Central Conservatory of Music with highest honors in 1987. Since that time he has garnered acclaim both at home and abroad. His outstanding students have won top awards at many competitions around the world, including first prizes at the Xing Hai Cup Piano Competition, P.R. China; the Special Prize at the International Adilia Alievea Piano Competition in France (2002); 4th Prize at the 3rd International Seiler Piano Competition in Germany (2003); 1st Prize in the youth group at the Seiler International Piano Competition in Greece (2004 and 2006); 5th Prize at the 4th International Frederick Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Russia (2004); 1st prize at the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition, USA (1996 and 2004); 3rd Prize at the 2nd Theodor Leschetizky International Piano Competition in Taipei; 1st Prize at the National Concerto Competition, China, 2005; 1st Prize in the Concerto Competition of the “Morningside Music Bridge” event held in Calgary, Canada in both 2002 and 2003; and 3rd Prize in the same competition held in Shanghai, China in 2006; 1st prize for the youngest section as well as the 1st prize for the “18 and under” age group at the International Vladimir Krainev International Piano Competition for Young Pianists; 2nd prize at the Horowitz Competition for Young Pianists in Ukraine (2006); and 2nd prize at the Ettlingen Children & Youth International Piano Competition in Germany, also in 2006.
Professor Zhang was granted the Outstanding Teachers Award by the Central Conservatory of Music in 2000, and was honored with the Yang Xuelan Music Teaching Award the same year. In 2004, the Chinese Ministry of Culture conferred on him the Ou Yongxi teaching award in art. In 2007, he was awarded the Bao Gang teaching prize in recognition of his “brilliant teaching achievements.”