WANG Zhong-shan is of Mongolian descent, but was born in Henan province. He started to study the zheng in his childhood, and has received the guidance of a dozen of zheng players. He is deeply rooted in the Henan School of zheng playing. In 1981, he entered Nanyang Art School, studying under the zheng player ZHAO Man-qin. In 1986 he played the premieres of Defeating the Tiger on the Mountain and Red Sun over Jinggang Mountain with newly invented difficult techniques, and attracted the attention of many. Afterwards, he entered the China Conservatory, studying under the zheng player LI Wan-fen. In 1989 he was awarded in the “ART” Cup Instrumental Competition. In 1995 he won the first prize in the zheng section of an international Chinese instrumental competition. WANG Zhong-shan is now a zheng teacher of the China Conservatory. He is innovative in the use of techniques of zheng playing, and pioneered the use of cyclic fingering on the zheng to enrich its expressive ability.