Lili Zhang, the Music Director of the Jasmine Guzheng Academy, graduated from the music school of Nanjing Institute of Arts in China with a major in Guzheng performance. Ms. Zhang started her professional musical training when she was chosen by Nanjing Little Red Flower, the famous Children’s musical performing group in China. Before coming to the USA, Ms. Zhang won many awards for Guzheng solo performances in China including the first place in Jiangsu Province Young People Chinese Musical Instruments Competition in 1986 and the 2 place of Chinese Musical Instruments in East China Youth Arts Festival in 1991. She was also showcased as a soloist in several movies / TV series including “Don’t Worry, a Beautiful Girl” -1992 and “Human and Monkey”- 1991. Ms. Zhang and her students have performed at the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Hall, Library of Congress, the Labor Department and for the Voices of America.
Jasmine Guzheng Academy was founded in 2000, as a local music school, for Guzheng performance in Montgomery County, Maryland. Many of the Ms. Zhang’s students, as guzheng soloists, have performed in many major events within the Washington metropolitan areas.