ZHANG Zi-sheng was born on August 1, 1971 in his ancestral home Tianjin. He studied the qin at Tianjin Dongfang Sparetime Art School under GAO Zhong-jun in 1990. He also studied under the well-known players such as LIU Li, WU Wen-guang, GONG Yi, LI Xiang-ting, etc. In 1994, he founded the Tianjin Guqin Society and planned and organized dozens of influential art and musical activities. In 1999, he founded his Guqin Art Centre in Tianjin. He is a member of the Chinese Traditional Musical Instruments Society, the Guqin Special Committee, the Nationalwide Guqin Grade Test Specialists Committee, and the vice chairman of the Guqin Special Committee, Tainjin Musicians’ Association.