As one of the most internationally renowned Chinese pianists and conductors, Xu Zhong is the founding member and Artistic Director of the China Shanghai International Piano Competition, the Artistic Director of Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director of Shanghai Sinfonietta. He has enjoyed successful collaborations with many of the most world-renowned musicians, including Philippe Entremont, Sergiu Commissiona, Paul Badura-Skoda, Jian Wang, Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Lazar Berman, Michel Dalberto, Arto Noras, Jean-Bernard Pommier, Gérard Poulet and Pavel Kogan.
Xu Zhong was born into a family of medical researchers in Shanghai. His early childhood music education from Prof. Wang Yu of Shanghai Conservatory of Music prepared him for the rigorous formal music education he was to receive in the class of Dominique Merlet at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Xu Zhong won numerous prestigious international competitions since 1988, including the 1st Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, the Santander Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition, the 5th Tokyo International Piano Competition and the 10th Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.
In 2007/08, he was the soloist and conductor of the Lille National Orchestra and the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and was the soloist of the Colonne Orchestra in Paris/Salle Pleyel.
Xu Zhong participates in international master-classes at the American Schools of Fine Arts & Music in Fontainebleau and the Académie Internationale d’Eté de Nice, where he shares his musical knowledge with the younger generation. As a jury member he is regularly invited to attend international piano competitions, such as Leeds International Piano Competition (2006, 2009), Clara Haskil International Piano Competition (2005), Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano (2003, 2007), Marguerite Long–Jacques Thibaud (2007), International Franz Liszt Piano Competition (2008), AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (2006, 2009), and Seoul International Music Competition (2008), Sviatoslav Richter International Piano Competition (2008), International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition (2010).
Xu Zhong’s professional experience and achievements in China are twofold: administrative and artistic. He has been Artistic Consultant of China Shanghai International Arts Festival and Artistic Director of “French Culture in Shanghai", L’Année de la France en Chine 2003/2005. He was nominated to be Music Consultant of Shanghai Concert Hall, member of Shanghai Grand Theatre Arts Group Artistic Committee and Vice President of Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre Art Committee.