Zhang Ying

Zhang Ying

Zhang Ying is currently the Pipa Principal of the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, a lecturer on the Master’s degree programme of The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and is also teaching in The Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Baptist University and The Education University of Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s degree from the China Conservatory of Music where she was trained under Zhao Yinan, Li Guixiang, Wu Junsheng, Ren Hong and Yang Jing. 

Zhang was the winner of the Silver Award for Pipa Specialism, Youth Section, at the 1st Chinese Instrumental Music Competition organized by the Ministry of Culture in 2002; and the First Prize in the Youth Section at the 3rd ‘Longyin Cup’ International Ethnic Instrument of China (Pipa) in 2004.

Zhang has given several solo recitals, including ‘Zhang Ying – Favourites in Pipa Music’ in October 2009 in Hong Kong; a solo recital, ‘Shining Lute –Zhang Ying in Concert’ in the Zhongshan Hall of Taipei in June 2011; and ‘Zhang Ying’s Solo Recital II – Plucking at Your Heart’s Strings’ in Hong Kong in late 2012. More recent performances include a solo recital ‘Pipa Stories – Zhang Ying’ in June 2014 and a solo concert at the Music Salon of the Zhongshan Culture and Art Centre, China, in September 2015. She was an Artist-in-Residence of RTHK Radio 4 in 2016 on which she gave prerecorded interviews and live broadcasts. In May the same year, she was invited by the Xinghai Concert Hall of Guangzhou to give a pipa concert. In 2019, she gave a piano and pipa duo recital with Linda Yim at the City Hall Theatre.
 
Zhang has released a solo album for pipa, Dancing in the Wind and a DVD which records her graduation concert in Beijing. Her thesis is On the Role of the Pipa in the Chinese Orchestra. A critic in the newspaper wrote, “(Zhang) showed a solid groundwork, performing with a confidence-inspiring steady hand that is, at the same time, not bereft of insight into the emotive side of the music. Marvelous control is contrasted with appropriate passions. An outstanding performance.”