Zhang Guoyong graduated from the Conducting Department of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in 1983, and received his doctor degree from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 1997, having studied under Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. He is now President, Artistic Director, and Conductor of Shanghai Opera House, Vice President of Chinese Musicians Association, Professor of conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He was Music Director of the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra. During the years, Zhang has collaborated with many renowned opera houses and orchestras both home and abroad, conducting works such as the operas including Rigoletto, Don Pasquale, Madame Butterfly, Carmen, La Bohème, La Traviata, Othello, The Pearl Fishers, The Nose by Shostakovich and La Damnation de Faust; ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Don Quixote, and The Nutcracker; cantatas such as Requiem, Song of the Forest, Stabat Mater, Carmina Burana, and Yellow River Cantata; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; and other works. His specialty is Russian music, and he is now widely regarded as the best Shostakovich interpreter in China.
Zhang regularly collaborates and makes recordings with orchestras both home and abroad, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture in Russia, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Voronezh Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Orchestra, Geneva Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. His conducting is concise, natural, full of animation, and combines fiery passion and yet deep rationality. At the same time, his interpretations also hold great artistic tension, reflecting his profound attainments in the field of music. He has always been held in high esteem by both his colleagues and his admiring audiences. Maestro G. Rozhdestvensky excitedly stated for the critics and reporters, “I am awarding Zhang Guoyong the highest mark in the history of the conducting department in the Moscow Conservatory. He can most assuredly take his place in any orchestra throughout the world!”
In recent years, his busy schedule has taken him to nations and regions including the USA, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Italy, Australia, the Netherlands, Finland, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.
In 2006, he was invited to be a jury member of the 8th Cadaques Orchestra International Conducting Competition in Spain.