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.