The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has today announced the contract extension of Chinese-American Music Director Xian Zhang – until the conclusion of the 2023-2024 season.
A graduate of Beijing's Central Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Xian has led the ensemble since 2016.
“Today’s announcement of Xian Zhang’s extension as NJSO Music Director propels the Orchestra into an exciting future ... Xian has fully embodied the NJSO’s mission to inspire and engage with New Jersey communities on and off stage ...” Orchestra President & CEO Gabriel van Aalst has said.
“Musicians and audiences love her powerful musicianship and leadership ... I cannot wait to see where she takes the NJSO,” he has said.
“Xian really knows how to stir up and spin a sound ... she is all about energy and connection with musicians and audiences, and she is a wonderful human being ..." Concertmaster Eric Wyrick has said.