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Maestro Rui Zhang began his conducting career at the age of 19. In 1978 he was accepted at Shanghai Conservatory of Music to study conducting.

Maestro Zhang got his BA Degree in 1983, and was immediately appointed as Principal Conductor of the Beijing Zong-Zheng Symphony Orchestra. He frequently appeared on national television as a conductor and his performances were also recorded extensively for broadcast on Chinese National Radio. Seeking an environment favorable to Western music, Rui Zhang traveled to the United States where he was awarded an M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University in 1991. In 1993, he was elected as the Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic, in Virginia. In 1995, he became Associate Conductor with the Richmond Symphony as well as the Orchestra Director at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1999, he accepted the positions as orchestra director at Ross Institute and music director at Hampton Symphony in New York.

Maestro Zhang had guest appearances with other international orchestras, in China and Europe. His musical accomplishments have included symphony, opera, ballet, oratorios, chorus, and Maestro Zhang has also worked with many great jazz artists like Billie Joe and Quincy Jones.

In 2011, Maestro Zhang returned to the conducting Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and he has worked and conducted Chinese orchestras including Central Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Central Ballet Symphony Orchestra, and Choir, the Central Opera Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, and Choir, Shanghai Philharmonic, and Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra.




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