ZHANG Zun-lian was born in 1964 in Qingdao, Shandong province. He started to learn the erhu at the age of nine. In 1977, he was admitted to the affiliated secondary school of the Central Conservatory. In 1986, he completed his university course and graduated from the China Conservatory and was then appointed as a teacher there. In 1998, he took the Study Course on National Instrumental Music for Outstanding Young Musicians. He learned the erhu under famous musicians JIANG Qing, LIU Ming-yuan and JIANG Feng-zhi. Apart from performance, he is also engaged in teaching and composition. In 1993, he won the outstanding performance award in the 3rd National Music Exhibition. In 1995, he won the third prize in the erhu section of the International Chinese National Music Instrumental Competition. His students also won first and second prizes in the 8th, 9th, and 10th Beijing Teenager Chinese Instrumental Competition, and for that he won the “Gardener Award”. He has composed the erhu piece In Gansu Style. Currently he is in charge of the school of strings of the instrumental music department in the China Conservatory, Executive Committee Member of the Erhu Society of Chinese Musicians’ Association, and member of the China Folk Orchestral Music Academy.