Zongheng Zhang is completing his fifth and final year in the Bard College Conservatory of Music, studying violin and viola performance with Todd Phillips and Melissa Reardon, and orchestra conducting with James Bagwell. He is a winner of the 2020 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition. He also won the 2019 Bard Community Orchestra Concerto Competition on Viola.
At the Bard Conservatory, Mr. Zhang holds the Y.S. Liu Scholarship. After giving his first solo recital in Wuhan, China when he was 15 years old, he was invited to join several international summer music festivals, such as Napa Valley Music Festival, The Great Wall Music Summer Academic, and the Summer Violin Institute at Northwestern University, among others. He has often served as the concertmaster and principal violin in the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and the Bard Community Orchestra. Highlights of his chamber music performances at Bard include the retirement concert of Robert Martin, director of the Bard Conservatory, with the Beethoven and Mozart string quartets; and Stravinsky’s L’ Histoire du Soldat with Leon Botstein, Erica Kiesewetter, and Edward Carroll.
For his second major in psychology, Mr. Zhang completed a senior project last year: Does the Direction of Current Flow Using Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation (TDCS) Affect One’s Ability to Perform Motor Tasks? He won the Andrew Jay Bernstein Prize in 2019. He presented the results of his lab project “Sleeping and Memory” studies at the Eastern Psychology Association Conference in 2018. He is now the lab manager of the Memory Dynamics Lab at the Bard College Psychology Department.
Zongheng Zhang performed with The Orchestra Now on April 10, 2021.
Bio: March 2021