Jin ZhanhJin Zhang, was born in Beijing China. He received his first musical education at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and studied condcting with professor Zheng Xiao Ying and Yang Hong Nian. Then he traveled to Japan and studied at Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, Japan. He studied conducting with Professor Morihiro Okabe and also in conducting master classes with maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama Seiji Ozawa.

Since Jin coming to Canada in 1990, quickly became known as a conductor and composer who actively promotes appreciation and education of symphonic orchestral music and combines Eastern and Western musical expressions.

As a composer

Jin Zhang is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Centre, has composed for many groups including TV productions and CD recordings. Many of his compositions and arrangements have been played by professional and community groups including the Calgary Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Some of his works have been broadcast by BBC, CBC, VTV and other networks. He composed for the Millennium Project produced by the Vancouver Chinese Culture Centre in 2001. He received grant from Socan foundation to be a resident composer in Orchid Ensemble in 2007. He released his composition album CD in 2008. The production of the CD is financially supported by Canada Council for the Arts, and the CD is distributed by Canadian Music Centre. He has worked with musicians from various cultural backgrounds in Canada to develop a new form of musical expression that incorporates multiple traditions into a true voice of Canadian culture.

As a conductor

Jin Zhang has directed and conducted many musical organizations in Vancouver area including symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, Chinese traditional orchestras and choirs. Now he holds the position of Music Director and Conductor in the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Youth Symphony Intermediate Orchestra. He is also an artistic director in VBCm Production.


In 2006, Jin is selected by Canadian Music Centre to be part of their new online initiative entitled “Composer Portraits – Influences of Many Musics.” This project will focus on Canadian composers who have come to Canada from other countries, highlighting their valuable contribution to Canadian music. In 2004, Jin Zhang was honored by the City of New Westminster for ten years of distinguished service to the New Westminster Symphony Orchestra and the City. In 2001, the film he composed music for (“Nu Shu” – A Hidden Language of Women in China) received the Audience Award and Best Documentary at the Festival Internazionale Cinema Delle Donne in Torino, Italy. In 1986, his composition won the second prize in a competition in Central Conservatory of Music In 1984, his composition won the third prize in a competition in China nationwide.

Recent news

Under the aegis of the Pangaea Arts Society, he was granted major Olympic arts funding for the creation of a new work.

Jin just finished sound recording project. The project is associated with music production in Beijing and Shen Yang Conservatory of Music in China. Jin has arranged 10 pieces of Chinese traditional and folk tunes for Chinese ancient but newly developed instrument Kong Hou trio. The CD will be published in China soon.

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