Zhang Gaoxiang, Director of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, is a renowned Yangqin performer and one of the First Class National Actors in China. He is also the Executive Director of the China Nationalities Orchestra Society (CNOS), the Vice-Chairman of the Yangqin Society of CNOS, as well as the Vice-Chairman of the Musical Instrument Manufacture and Reform Specialized Committee of CNOS.
Zhang Gaoxiang won the first prize in the First National Guangdong Music Performance Invitational Competition in 1987 and the first prize for Yangqin performance in the Fulitong Cup and the International Chinese National Musical Instrument Recital Competition in 1995. With his Yangqin Recitals, he toured many countries and regions such as Portugal, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan successively. He was also invited to various international music major events such as the Prague Spring Music Festival, Belgrade International Art Festival, Portugal International Music Festival, and the Italy Michelangeli International Music Festival, giving numerous impressive Yangqin solo or concerto concerts together with many famous orchestras both in China and abroad. He has visited several dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, and America, performing in various world-famous theatres including the Wiener Musikverein, Austria, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, USA, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, USA, and the Sydney Opera House, Australia, where he gained much admiration and respect for his skills.
Zhang Gaoxiang also recorded numerous music shows for a great number of TV stations, radio stations, as well as Record companies. He composed and sorted out several Yangqin tunes such as Lady Zhaojun’s Lament, the Hill Rhyme, etc. He was invited to Singapore, Malaysia, Philippine, Canada, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan to give lectures on the art of Yangqin. As a member of appraisal committee, he also served many major music contests including the National Musical Instruments Contest of the National Young People Art Competition, the Singapore National Chinese Music Competition, the Malaysia 21st International Chinese Music Festival, as well as the CCTV Traditional Chinese Musical Instrument Contest.
Zhang Gaoxiang has long been engaged in the operation and management of State-Level National Music Orchestras. He successfully planned and implemented a series of China National Symphony Concerts Tours both in China and abroad. He also designed and directed a variety of large-scale art activities, which include the Overseas Spring Festival Gala of Carnival China Style in Canada, the Music Theme Grand Show for Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Founding of the Swatow Special Economic Zones, and the TV Special of Chinese Folk Music.