DaXun Zhang

Double Bassist DaXun Zhang has established himself as an unparalleled artist, earning the highest praise from both critics and audiences alike. The recipient of numerous awards, Mr. Zhang holds the distinction of being the youngest artist to win the International Society of Bassists Solo Competition in 2001 as well as the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions. In 2007, Mr. Zhang was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant, which confirms his eminence as a soloist on this unusual instrument.

Mr. Zhang has appeared as a soloist with prominent orchestras such as the Minnesota Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Lukes, the Tokyo Symphony, the Pacific Symphony and the Orchestra of the Americas. He travels around the world, bringing his diverse recital programs consisting of repertoire ranging from western classical music to Chinese folk music. Mr. Zhang makes frequent appearances with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and various chamber music festivals. He has also performed extensively with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

DaXun Zhang comes from a family of bassists in Harbin, China. He has been playing the instrument since the age of nine, and studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing beginning at the age of eleven. He continued his studies in the U.S. at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his Artist Diploma at the Indiana University School of Music, where he worked with Lawrence Hurst. He has served on the faculty of Northwestern University and is the Associate Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Austin.