HANFANG ZHANG grew up in Beijing, China, among a family of professional musicians. She received her bachelor of music degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a master of music degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. As the winner of the concerto competitions at both schools, she appeared as violin soloist in performances of Elgar’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Bartok’s Rhapsody No.1. Hanfang received third prize at the Leopold Shopmaker Midwest America Violin Competition in 1993, and in 1992, she was the assistant concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra concerts at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. Her mentors include Weijian Zhao, Taras Gabora, Zara Nelsova, Michael Tree, and Arnold Steinhardt. For the past two decades, Hanfang has been enjoying teaching and inspiring young musicians at the Community Middle School in Plainsboro, New Jersey.