Dr. Dan “Danny” Zhang

Teaching Artist - Viola


Violist Dan Zhang has concertized throughout Europe, the United States, Asia, and South America as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician. Dr. Zhang has performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Teatro Centro Cultura Kirchner in Buenos Aires, and NHK Hall in Tokyo. In recent years, she has been invited to play with orchestras inclusive of Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and Loudon Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Zhang actively appeared in music festivals such as Master Music Course Japan, Bach Cantata Music Festival in Germany, and Kneisal Hall Music Festival, and International Jungen Orchesterakademie in Germany.

Dr. Zhang has had the honor of numerous awards. She was the prize winner of the First China Viola Festival and Competition in 2007 and won first prize in the Shenandoah Conservatory Concerto competition in 2010. In 2015, she won the Gold Prize of the third Hong Kong International Strings Competition. She also participated in the International Max Rostal Competition in Berlin in 2015, and in 2019, she was the finalist of the International Anton Rubinstein Viola Competition in Dusseldorf, Germany.

As a collaborator and advocator, Dr. Zhang has had the privilege to serve as artistic director of “The Sound of Piano, Strings and Voice International Music Festival”, based in Xi’an, China. She is also the Co-founder of the American Virtuoso International Music Competition. Both programs provide young musicians with a strong artistic vision and stage presence.

Being a passionate teacher, Dr. Zhang sees herself as a role model for her students, aiming to humble, nurture, inspire, and learn from each other. Dr. Zhang has conducted masterclasses at schools such as George Mason University, Shenandoah University, MinZu University, Xi’an Conservatory, and China Normal University. Her mission is always to nurture students’ academic success, in relation to their personal goals and journey.

Dr. Zhang received her D.M.A. at The Catholic University of America; M.M. at Yale School of Music; A. D from Shenandoah University; and B.M. from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.



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