Yongyun Zhang, Percussion

Yongyun Zhang has presented percussion recitals across China and the United States, including recent guest lectures and performances in Beijing at the Central Conservatory of Music and at Shandong University in Qingdao, and a concert with the Harry Partch instruments in Seattle. Additional performances have taken place at the Women Composers Festival of Hartford, in a Main Concert at PASIC in Indianapolis with the CCM Percussion Ensemble, and at the Chosen Vale Percussion Seminar.

Yongyun has a dedicated interest in performing and premiering works of living composers, especially pieces incorporating the spoken voice. She considers the role of Chinese language in modern percussion repertoire through her commissions, as well as through adaptations and translations of existing works. Her ongoing collaborations include the active development of new pieces with composers Luís Salguiero, Feiyang Xu, and Rachel C. Walker. She is the recipient of an upcoming residency at the Britten-Pears Foundation (UK).

Yongyun completed her undergraduate studies with Allen Otte, Russel Burge, and Jim Culley of Percussion Group Cincinnati at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While at CCM, she was the recipient of the First Prize in the CCM Baur Competition, the top performance distinction awarded across all instrumental performance majors. She graduated with her Masters from the University of Washington School of Music, studying with Bonnie Whiting, and will begin her doctoral studies in the fall at the University of California San Diego, studying with Steven Schick.

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