Violinist Jimmy Zhang is an active performer and teacher in Canada, the United States, and South Korea. He is currently one of the violinists of the award-winning Vito Quartet.
An avid chamber musician, Jimmy was the first-place winner of the Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award in years 2015 and 2016; with Chiron String Quartet and Piano Trio. Jimmy studied chamber music extensively with members of the Cecilia Quartet, Gryphon Trio, Timothy Ying, Steven Dann, Karen Dreyfus, and Andrew Shulman. His chamber music education also includes masterclasses with the Juilliard Quartet, Cecilia Quartet, New Orford Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Cuarteto Casals, and the Tokyo String Quartet
As an orchestral musician, Jimmy has performed as concertmaster of many orchestras including the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Orford Festival Orchestra, and the Interlochen Academy Orchestra. He has also previously held principal positions in festivals such as American Modern Festival and the Prague Summer Nights Music Festival. Most recently, he performed with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra as substitute violin on their tour across Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. He is a frequent member of the Toronto Festival Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, Seocho Philharmonic, Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Vincente Chamber Orchestra, and Downey Symphony.
A firm believer in versatility, Jimmy performed with the USC Baroque Sinfonia for two years as principal violin. During his time with the USC Baroque Sinfonia, Jimmy performed Renaissance and Baroque music from Europe, South America, and the Middle East. On the contrary, he has also worked with many living composers from across the United States and Canada. Jimmy has performed works by composers such as Ted Hearne, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, and Eric Tanguy.
Jimmy is equally passionate about teaching as he is about performing. As a result of online teaching, he currently runs a studio of students of all ages and levels from around the world. He has taught privately and in public masterclasses for the past 10 years.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Lina Bahn. During his studies, he was awarded the Colburn Scholarship along with many Merit Scholarships. He also holds an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto where he studied under both Paul Kantor and Erika Raum. He received his Bachelors in Violin Performance from the University of Toronto where he was awarded The Gerhard Kander Graduating Award for Violin.
He likes to spend his free time playing basketball, cooking, and relaxing at home with his wife, Yeseul Kim (other violinist of the Vito Quartet), and cats; Latte and Eevee.
캐나다인 바이올리니스트 지미 장 (Jimmy Zhang)은 캐나다, 미국, 그리고 한국에서 활발하게 활동하고 있는 연주자이자 교육자이다. 그는 “제 39회 해외파견콩쿠르” 입상에 빛나는 “Vito Quartet (비토콰르텟)”의 멤버이기도 하다.
지미 장은 University of Toronto에서 학사과정을 뛰어난 성적으로 졸업, 이후the Glenn Gould School에서 Artist Diploma (A.D)과정을 졸업하였다. 또, University of Southern California-Thornton School of Music에서 장학금을 수여받으며 Dr. Lina Bahn의 사사 아래 석사학위를 취득하였다.
실내악 연주가로서 그는 “Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award”에서 2년 연속(2015, 2016년) 1위 수상의 영광을 누렸다. 그는 the Cecilia Quartet, Gryphon Trio의 멤버들과 Timothy Ying, Steven Dann, Karen Dreyfus, Andrew Shulman 등 저명한 실내악 연주가들에게 심도깊은 지도를 받았으며, Juilliard Quartet, Cecilia Quartet, New Orford Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, the Ysaye Quartet, Brentano String Quartet, Cuarteto Casals, Tokyo String Quartet 등의 마스터클래스에 참여한 바 있다.
지미 장은 the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, Orford Festival Orchestra, Interlochen Academy Orchestra 등 다수의 오케스트라에서 악장으로 활동하였고, American Modern Festival, Prague Summer Nights Music Festival 등의 뮤직페스티벌에 수석으로 참여하였다. 최근에는 캐나다의 주요 도시들 (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto)에서 대규모 연주투어를 진행한Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra에 객원단원으로 함께하였다. 그는 the Toronto Festival Orchestra, Ontario Philharmonic, 서초필하모닉 오케스트라, Brantford Symphony Orchestra, Vincente Chamber Orchestra, and Downey Symphony 등에서 활발한 연주활동을 이어가고 있다.
열정적인 교육자인 그는, 12년 이상의 풍부한 레슨경험과 마스터클래스 강의 경험을 바탕으로 세계 각국의 다양한 연령과 수준의 학생들을 대면, 또 온라인으로 가르치며 후학양성에 힘쓰고 있다.