ZHANG Qiang was born in Xi’an in 1965. He started his piano learning at 6 and started to learn to play pipa from his father, an associate professor Xi’an Conservatory of Music. He was admitted to the School attached to Central Conservatory of Music in 1978, following the instruction of WU Jun-sheng, KWONG Yu-zhong and LI Guang-hua and receiving tutoring from LIU De-hai. He entered the Central Conservatory of Music in 1983 and became a teacher in the school after graduation in 1987. He won the first prize in the National Guangdong Music Contest in 1987. In 1989, he was awarded a third prize in National Folk Music Instrument Contest. In the same year, he won the second prize of Professional Group in the “ART” International Chinese Music Instrument Contest. In 1992, he participated the Second Jiangnan Si Zhu International Contest and out performed all other competitors. He went to Taiwan in 1993 and won the first prize in the First Taipei Municipal Folk Music Instrument Contest. ZHANG is now a member of Chinese Folk Wind and String Music Association, lecturer in Central Conservatory of Music and pipa soloist in Experimental Orchestra of Central Conservatory of Music.