ZHANG Gao-xiang studied Chaozhou and Guangdong music with the masters at his young age. He has a solid foundation in folk music. Graduating from the Central Conservatory in 1988, he is the yangqin principal and soloist with the China Broadcast Traditional Orchestra. He won the first prize in the 1st National Guangdong Music Invitational Competition in 1987 and the gold prize on yangqin in the International Instrumental Solo Competition in 1995. In 1991, he was invited to Portugal to take part in the National Music Festival and made solo and duet recitals. Both in 1992 and 1994, he was invited to take part in Macau International Music Festival and visited the Philippines to perform with the Chinese Musician Delegation. In 1995, he was invited to Japan to give solo and duet recitals and to Macau to give yangqin lectures and perform with the Traditional Orchestra. At the same year, he went to Europe to give recitals with the Chinese Musicians Group. Besides, he also visited Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and other places.