Chinese guitarist Congyi Zhang is a top prize winner of several international competitions including the 1st prize and Peter Segal Award at the 2019 Philadelphia International Guitar Competition, 2nd prize at the 2018 Charlottesville International Competition, and 3rd prize and the Greiner Award for Best Performance of a Contemporary Guitar Concerto at the 2018 JoAnn Falletta Guitar Competition.
Zhang has performed in prestigious concert halls, such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing University, Grand Hall of CCOM, Tishman Hall in New York City, and SUNY Oneonta. As a chamber musician Zhang has collaborated with different ensemble settings, including Chinese dulcimer, er-hu, guitar ensembles, flute, violin, piano, and larger ensembles. He premiered new works by laureate composers Xue Rui and Hong Liu at the Golden Hu Qin Competition and by the Dutch composer Jan Bartlema at Beijing University. He has performed for renowned guitarists and composer Leo Brouwer in New York City at the master classes hosted by the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes.
Zhang holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Conservatory of Music of China in Beijing, where he was a student of Jie Li, and a Master’s Degree from Mannes School of Music, The New School, where he studied under the guidance of acclaimed guitarist Michael Newman. Zhang regularly performs throughout China, Canada, and United States and is currently pursing a Professional Studies Certificate at the Mannes School of Music in the studio of Michael Newman.