Ms. Zhang was born in Chengzhou, Zhejiang Province. She started learning to play the pipa from her father, Zhang Shi Jun, when she was 7 years old. In 1978 Ms. Zhang entered the Central Conservatory of Music subsidiary elementary school and studied under Mr. Sun Wei Xi. In 1990, she graduated from the Conservatory with honor and was admitted to the master degree program and studied under the famous pipa master, Mr. Lin Shi Cheng. In 1992, she successfully defended her master’s thesis “Research and discussion of a pipa piece, Sai Shang Qu “and became the second recipient ever of a Master’s Degree of Pipa at the Central Conservatory of Music. Immediately after her graduation, she was invited to become a member of the faculty at the Conservatory.