Dian Zhang joined the first violin section of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra in 2017. Born in China, Dian moved to Los Angeles, CA and spent his formative years there. He received his Bachelors and Master's degrees at the Peabody Institute where he studied with Victor Danchenko and is currently working toward completing a DMA at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where he studied with Cho-Liang Lin for the past three years.
Prior to his appointment with the San Francisco Opera, Dian served as concertmaster of the Shepherd School Symphony, Chamber and Opera orchestras. He also thoroughly enjoys exploring and performing unusual repertoire with the conductorless string ensemble, KINETIC as well as with the contemporary music ensemble, Loop38. As a chamber musician, Dian has appeared with both the Context and Syzygy music series in Houston. He has also performed chamber works in Baltimore, New York as well as in Canada, Brazil, Spain, Austria and the UK. Dian has also attended various music festivals both in the US and internationally, including the Four Seasons Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Music Festival, the Britten-Pears Music Festival, the Chamber Music Residency at the Banff Centre and the Norfolk Music Festival. Dian has performed and collaborated with some of the great musicians of our time, including Cho-Liang Lin, Ani Kavafian, Donald Weilerstein, Michael Kannen and Colin Carr.
Dian has also taken part in many community engagement events in various venues, including lunchtime concerts at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore and the Methodist Hospital in Houston. For the past two years as the Mary Hobson Teaching Fellow at Rice University, he taught courses in music fundamentals and music theory for non-music majors.