Zhang Zhang is the first violin of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. She was born into a creative family in China and she inherited her love for music from her father, who was a famous violinist in the 60s.
She left China at the age of ten with her parents to move to Thailand. In the 1980s, her father decided to create an orchestra with a few friends. The family flew to Toronto shortly afterwards.
My parents thought the Canadian flag was pretty so they chose this country.
Zhang Zhang learnt to play the violin from his mentor, Sergiu Luca, who taught at Rice University in Texas. After 7 years of study, she left for Switzerland, to study at the Lausanne Conservatory.
Since 2007 Zhang Zhang has been working with ZHANGOMUSIQ in the Principality of Monaco. Their aim is to transform the traditional business model of musical entertainment by inviting a sponsor to finance an NGO. Since 2006, more than 60 concerts have benefited from the NGOs present in more than 20 countries.
I didn’t know Monaco but I booked my ticket with EasyJet and moved over.
Her talent and work led her to Monaco, where she became part of the Monte-Carlo orchestra. According to Zhang Zhang, only six out of 100 violinists were chosen by the jury during the auditions. She was among the 6 finalists.