Jinghong Zhang is a composer and Performance Artist who strive to create extreme creative inter-media performance art with technology, in order to achieve his goal of propelling the revolutionary musical art in the future.
Born in 1988, grown up in Shenzhen, a beautiful, artistic coast city in Southern China, Jinghong started living his whole life with music as early as 3 year-old when he first started studying piano and violin with his father. When he was 9 years old, he started playing viola as the principle violist in a youth symphony orchestra in his hometown Shenzhen for 6 years. After graduated from high school with an extraordinary performance on the Chinese National Higher Education Entrance Examination with an almost perfect score in Mathematics, He started pursue music composition as his career path.
He finished his 5 years Bachelor of Art degree, double majoring in Music Composition and Recording Art in Wuhan Conservatory of Music, one of the top music colleges in China. During his Bachelor study, he actively involved and performed his works in different International Electroacoustic music festivals. And he had often received national music award such as Second Place of Visual Audio Art Award in 2009 Beijing Annual International Electronic Music Festival, Best Sound Design Award in 2010 Shanghai International Electroacoustic Music Festival, among others. His thesis - Use of Electronic Music Thinking in the Creation of Acoustic Music, was included in the Top 15 research paper collection book in 2011 Shanghai International Computer Music Conference.
In 2013, He received the Artistic Excellence Fellowship from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and finished his Master Degree of Computer Music Composition there. In 2014, he became one of the 12 representatives in U.S. selected by CIEE study abroad program, attended the IRCAM summer program, and presented his interactive multi-media work “InO” in IRCAM Music Fest 2014.
In 2015, he received Teaching Fellowship and became a Ph.D student in music composition in University of North Texas. During 2 years of his study in UNT, he took on the duty of Graduate Assistance work in CEMI, one of the largest, most advanced equipped multi-media electroacoustic music center in the country. Some of his main works in CEMI includes studio hardware and software maintenance, inter-media theater equipment maintenance, documenting concerts & courses combined with video editing, and associating with students and faculties with daily interaction in CEMI. In addition, he is the major contributor on the rebuilt and re-design process of CEMI’s main inter-media music theater: Merrill Ellis Inter-media Theater in summer 2016. Most remarkably, he contributed significant effort of works to the ICMC 2015 International Computer Music Conference hosted in UNT College of Music. As the stage manager of the biggest performance venue of this conference in Winspear Opera House, his creative stage designs and shrewd problem solving became the main factor of the success of this performance venue during the conference.
He was the coordinator and the director of UNT music selection committee in 2 of the LaTex Electroacoustic Music Festivals hosted respectively by Rice University in 2015 and University of Texas Austin in 2016. In spite of his academic contribution during his time in UNT, he had also hosted many thematic personal concerts with his multi-media works, including the Son of Music concert series, Fly Singing concert and Spectrum multi-media concert. With a well-strategic marketing work for each of his show, they are always full attended.
Jinghong is also the funder of Son of Music Ensemble – a UNT experimental music ensemble aims for thriving futuristic experimental music through unique artistic performance and special perspective towards to the creating process of experimental music. Within the first 4 month of the establishment of SME, he gathered 4 of the most talented musician in UNT as the starting members of the ensemble, and put on 2 successful concerts for the showcase of the ensemble.
After 2 years of study in UNT, Jinghong was offered a chance to study music business and commercial music production in Hollywood Musician Institute with The International Merit Award in Music Performance. In order to expand his knowledge and boundary in performance art in the field of music business, within his 1 year life in Hollywood, He had been productive in exploring the possibilities of performing and marketing his art works in different regions where surround with different group of people and artists. And he had organized numerous public performances with his inter-media music around different areas in Los Angeles in the year of 2018, including the Sunday Nite Vibe, Liberate Hollywood, The Second City, Hollywood Musician Institute and so on.
During 5 years of Jinghong Zhang's graduate study in U.S., his creative inter-media musical art works have been performed numerous times in major Electroacoustic Music conferences, festivals and workshops around U.S. and overseas, including France, China and Greece. The performances of his works include concerts in Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Rice University, UNT College of Music, University of Alabama, Winspear Performance Hall, Buskirk-Chumley Theater and Fine Art Museum in Indiana University. His works have been performed in major music festivals and conferences such as SEAMUS, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, IRCAM Music Fest, ICMC, Electronic Music Midwest, LaTex Electroacoustic Music Festival, NSEME Electroacoustic Music Conference, SMC Electroacoustic Music Conference, SSC Electroacoustic Music Conference, Cicada Consort Conference, Beijing International Electronic Music Festival and so on.
Art Associate Degree, Hollywood Musician Institute 2017-2018
P.h.D., Music Composition, University of North Texas 2015-2017 Composition Studies with Andrew May, Panayiotis Kokoras, Jon Nelson
M.M., Computer Music Composition, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music 2013 – 2015 Composition and Computer Music Composition Studies with Jeffrey Hass, John Gibson, Claude Baker and Aaron Travers B.A., Music Composition; Recording Arts, Wuhan Conservatory of Music, 2007- 2013 Composition and Music Technology Studies with Jian Liu, Xunfang Huang and Feng Jian