Prof. Peter Zhang

Professor Peter Shi-Xiang Zhang

Professor Peter Shi-Xiang Zhang was born in Beijing, China and graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1956. He was a Violin Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory from 1956 until his retirement in 1995. He has contributed to the raising standard of violin performance and training of young violinists in China through his introduction of new ideas on the art of violin playing and his translations of many books on violin performance into the Chinese language.

The outstanding results of his violin teaching have resulted in many awards being presented to him. The late Lord Menuhin described him as “one of the greatest teachers in the world”. He was awarded a certificate for outstanding teaching by the Shanghai Conservatory in 1985 and a similar award for excellence in teaching by the Art and Literature Association of Shanghai awarded him in 1986. The Chinese Central Government awarded him the highest honour for his excellent work in violin teaching in China in 1994. In 1995 he was selected by the Bao-Gang Educational Foundation as the best teacher and by Shanghai Government to be in “THE TOP TEN OF 1995”.

Professor Zhang has been a juror in many International violin competitions, including The Bach International Competition in Leipzig in 1988, The Wieniawski Competition in Lublin, Poland in 1988, 1994; 1997 and 2000; The International Violin Competitions in Schontal, Germany in 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1995; The Yehudi Menuhin Competition in England in 1995,1998 and 2000; The Novosibirsk Competition in Russia in 1995, 1998 and 2001;The Krakow Competition in Poland in 1996. He has also been a member of the jury at the China National Violin Competitions.

He has published Chinese translations of many violin books, including “THE WAY THEY PLAY” by Samuel Applebaume, “The Principles of Violin Playing and Teaching” by Ivan Galamian, “The Science of Violin Playing” by Raphael Bronstein, “A New Approach To Violin Playing” by Kato Havas and “Conversations With Yehudi Menuhin”, “How to Practice the Violin”, “The Great Cellists” and “The Great Violinists” by Margaret Campbell.

As a visiting professor of violin, he has given master classes all over the world, including the United States, Australia and  Germany. His Students have been successful in International violin competitions including first and third prizes at the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition in England in 1983;  first prize in 1985 and third prize in 1987; third prize in 1992; first prize in 1998;4th prize in 2000. His students also won first and third prize in the Wieniawski Competition in Lublin, Poland in 1985, and fourth prize in 1994, second and fourth prizes in 1997, second prize in 2000; two first prizes in 4th International Competition in Kloster Schontal, Germany in 1992, third and fifth prize in 1995; two 4th prizes in 1997, third prize in 1999; first and third prize in Russia in 1995 and second prize in Russia in 1998; first prize in Krakow, Poland Competition in 1996. Second prize in Gisborne Competition, New Zealand in 1997, the second and third prize in 1998. 2nd prize in 2000. 2nd prize in 2nd Yampolsky Competition in 1999.

In September 1995, Professor Zhang and his pianist wife Hu Jian-ming immigrated to Australia under the “distinguished talent” category. He is at present a violin lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Institute of Music. Since he arrived in Australia, his students in Australia have been successful in both national and international competitions and awards, including the ABC Young Performer Award and the Yehudi Menuhin Violin Competition.

Professor Peter Zhang explaining the importance of Con Brio Examinations:


A Short List of Professor Peter Zhang’s Distinguished Students

Professor Zhang has many more students around the world, who are soloists, members of symphony orchestra or teachers. They are also delivering Prof Zhang’s teaching philosophy around the world.
  • Ray Chen

    Ray Chen

    Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today. Ray has released two critically acclaimed albums on Sony.
  • Xiao-Dong Wang

    Xiao-Dong Wang

    Violinist Xiao-Dong Wang was First Prize winner in the Menuhin International Violin Competition and First Prize winner in the Wieniawski-Lipinski International Violin Competition at the ages of thirteen and fifteen. A guest soloist of considerable experience, Mr. Wang has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic in London, the London Mozart Players, Adelaide, Perth, Queensland Symphony Orchestras, and Sydney Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared performing on both violin and viola in chamber music concerts at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Aspen, Ravinia and in many other festival and musical events worldwide.
  • Hiroaki Yura

    Hiroaki Yura

    Yura is the founder of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra and the Eminence Audio Production company, and a violin virtuoso. He has extensive solo experience ranging from recitals to solo concerto performances. Yura has won numerous competitions internationally and locally, including the 7th Etoh Toshiya International Violin Competition for Young Violinists, was a prize winner at the Gisbourne International Music Competition in New Zealand, received multiple scholarships to study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and has received scholarships with a number of other institutions.
  • Harry Ward

    Harry Ward

    Harry has always been extremely passionate about music and the violin in particular and has won many prestigious awards and prizes, including Australian String Academy Concerto Winner, Kuringgai Conerto Competition Junior Winder, McDonalds Concerto Competition, ABC Young Performers Finalist, National Youth Concerto Competition Winner, Australian Vocal & Concerto Competition, etc. Harry has been invited to attend great fesivals, schools and Summer schools. In 2011 and 2012 he received full scholarships to the Meadownmount Summer School in New York. Currently Harry is a student of Professor Boris Kuschnir as part of the course for Highly Gifted Students through the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, although living in Vienna. Here Harry is consuming and performing music with some of the world’s finest musicians.
  • Wei Wen

    Wei Wen

    Wei Wen made many outstanding achievements of international violin competitions, including the third prize in Sibelius Internatioanl Violin Competition , the fourth prize in Pablo Sarasate Competition in Spain , the second prize the Lipinski and Wieniawski Inernational Competition for Young Violinsts in Lublin Poland, the second prize in Yampolsky Competition , the third prize in the International Competition in Kloster Schontal Germany , third in Russia Yang Bo Siji International Violin Competition and other awards. Wei Wen is the Professor in the Sichuan Conservatory of Music.