Zhengdong Liang (Zane) joined the NACO family in the 2022-2023 season. Born in Guangzhou, China, he began to learn the violin at the age of three from his grandfather. At the age of 16, Zane immigrated to Canada and continued his musical studies in Edmonton. Since then, he has been active in community engagements in the city where he resides. His engagements include performing at the Winspear Center in Edmonton, and playing as a soloist with the city’s orchestra in numerous venues across the community.
Zane holds a master’s degree from the Mannes School of Music in New York City, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Ottawa. His teachers include Frank Ho, Yehonatan Berick, Yosuke Kawasaki, and Shmuel Ashkenasi. His music education was generously supported by Edmonton Community Foundation for six consecutive years and with prestigious scholarships from each institution.
Zane is an avid orchestral musician. Prior to returning to Ottawa, Zane has most recently served as a concertmaster of New World Symphony (Miami), and The Orchestra Now (NY). In addition, he performed at Carnegie Hall as a member of the New York String Orchestra Seminar and has toured worldwide with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as an active chamber and an orchestral musician. Notable collaborations include Gil Shaham, Christian Tetzlaff, Martin Fröst, Michael Tilson Thomas, James Ehnes, Stéphane Denève, Jörg Widmann, and Alexander Shelley.
Other than playing music, Zane enjoys teaching, playing sports and cooking with his wife. He used to be the top striker in the music conservatory’s soccer team.