About Yongyun Zhang

Yongyun Zhang has a dedicated interest in performing and premiering works of living composers, especially pieces incorporating the spoken voice. She considers the role of Chinese language in modern percussion repertoire through her commissions, as well as through adaptations and translations of existing works. Her ongoing collaborations include new pieces with composers Luís Salguiero, Feiyang Xu, and Rachel C. Walker. She received a residency at the Britten-Pears Foundation for 2022, and has had recent performances across China (Shandong University, Central Conservatory) and the US (Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Chosen Vale, PASIC, etc).

Yongyun studied with the members of Percussion Group Cincinnati at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (BM), receiving First Prize in the Baur Competition. She graduated with her MM from the University of Washington with Bonnie Whiting, and is pursuing a DMA with Steven Schick at the University of California San Diego.