ZHANG Sihua is a violist at the China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) and a National Grade One Performer. The Yu Art Foundation has generously lent her superior Poggi viola and viola bow from its collection for her concert performance.
She started to learn violin at age 6. In 1991, she attended secondary school attached to the Tianjin Conservatory of Music, studying viola with Prof. Xu Yunqin. In 1996, at the age of only 16, she was admitted into the Tianjin Conservatory of Music and studied under Prof. Xu Yanming. She joined CNSO in 2000. With the highest scholarship for special talent offered by the US government and the University of Southern California (USC), she started his master’s career in USC in 2005 under the tutelage of Prof. Donald McInnes and famed violinist Midori Goto. During her American period, she has held many successful solo and chamber music concerts. As the chief violist of USC orchestra, the live video record of her performance in cooperation with the violinist Ithzak Perlman was permanently collected by the music library of Los Angeles. She returned home in 2007, continuing his performing career at CNSO.
Over the years, Zhang Sihua has left her performance footprint in Japan, Korea, Australia, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc., sharing the stages with worldly renowned conductors, performers and singers. As a viola soloist, she has been the first violist to hold solo concerts in numerous cities nationwide and has been invited to attend various international music festivals and master class events. As one of the most active viola performers and promoters, she gave lectures and performances in many higher institutions in China, contributing to the promotion and education of viola art. In 2010, she was listed as one of the ‘External Art Exchange Celebrities’.