“His [Zhang] playing is always tasteful and deeply expressive without any exaggeration. He takes his place as
one of the finest of this emerging generation of magnificent artists.”—American Record Guide.
The highlight of TY Zhang’s international career was the Grand Prize of the 2017 Guitar Foundation of
American International Concert Artist Competition (GFA-ICAC), known as the most prestigious guitar contest in
the world. TY become the first Chinese to be honored with this prize. His win was followed by a tour with over
50 concerts in the U.S., including his Carnegie Hall debut. In 2018, TY released his solo album with Naxos
company as the Laureate Series · Guitar Recital. It was praised as: “one of the most talented young players…
I’m struck by the extraordinary levels of mastery, comfort and relative ease.” —Classical Guitar Magazine.
In addition to his GFA win, TY has received First Prizes awards around the world’s top competitions in Europe,
Asia, and the U.S., including the Alexander Frauchi International Competition of Russia, the Changsha
International Guitar Competition of China, the Schadt String Competition in the US, Austria’s Forum Gitarre
Wien International Youth Competition, as well as the GFA Youth International Competition.
As a performing artist, TY has given concert tours and masterclasses throughout the world, including Sydney,
Australia; Belgrade, Serbia; Vienna, Austria; St. Petersburg, Moscow, Obninsk, Bryansk, Nizhniy-Novgorod, and
Kaluga of Russia; Tokyo, Nagoya, and Kyoto of Japan; Beijing, Tianjin, HongKong, Macao, Changsha, Xiamen,
Hangzhou, Kunming and Chongqing of China; and over 50 cities of the United States. He was featured on
multiple international radios and Television shows, including Russia’s NIKA-TV and GUBERNIYA-TV and New
York’s WQXR’s Greene Space & New York Guitar Festival’s Tribute to Julian Bream performance series.
As the appointed US International Director of the China Guitar Teacher Association (CGTA), TY was a member
of the McCabe teaching fellowship in The Juilliard School, introducing the classical guitar to young audiences
as artists and educators. TY has produced teaching lessons on platforms such as Tonebase Guitar, GFATV, and
Guitar Era China. TY Zhang is currently a Doctor of Musical Arts teaching assistant at the University of Southern
California, offering individual lessons and group classes, and ensemble coaching.
TY Zhang showed his talent since young. He was called the “Little John Williams” at the age of eight by the two
influential German guitar masters—The Amadeus Duo, at a masterclass in Beijing. Born in Hebei, a place south
of Beijing in China, TY was introduced to a variety of things under the influence of his father, including swim,
Chinese Kongfu, Erhu, violin, keyboard, and the classical guitar at the age of five and he liked to play the guitar
the most. When he turned seven, TY was introduced to Professor Chen Zhi, whom he studied with at the
Music School attached to the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. It was a masterclass that bridged him
with Professor Sharon Isbin, with whom he pursued Bachelor and Master of Music degree with at The Juilliard
School in New York. TY is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree as a DMA Teaching Assistant
under Professor William Kanengiser at the University of Southern California.
TY enjoys photography, videography, road cycling, surfing, and traveling.