courtesy Shenshen Zhang

courtesy Shenshen Zhang

Shenshen Zhang

pipa

A native of Wenzhou, China, Shenshen Zhang began playing the pipa at the age of nine. At twelve, she entered Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music, and later, a master’s degree from Xiamen University. While she was engaged as the singular pipa soloist at the Xiamen Opera House from 1992-2005, she performed and toured extensively throughout Asia and the U.S. Since making her home in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Zhang has continued to preserve the traditional pipa repertory of China while also exploring contemporary music of many cultures.