Ling Zhang is a professional musician specialised in Chinese folk music. He started training in playing Chinese lute (Pipa) since very young age and at the age of 14 he went to the Art School of Yunnan Province for professional training in music performance. At the age of 17 Ling then went to Sichuan Music Conservatory for training for about one year before he went to the Art Conservatry of Yunnan in 2003 and subsequently to Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, China where he graduated with the Bachelor of Music, majoring in music performance of Chinese lute (Pipa) and Ruan in 2007. After graduation Ling entered the Chinese folk music Ensemble of Yunnan province, Sing and Dance Theatre as a performer of Pipa and Ruan where he and his team have won awards nationally and internationally. Alongside his performance career Ling also does teaching of music performance. In 2012 Ling came to New Zealand and has carried on his performance and teaching career in Auckland. Ling has performed at varies cultural festivals and shows such as the Auckland City Lantern festival at Albert Park of Auckland, The Moon Festival for the Chinese Community at Auckland War Memorial Museum which was held and organised by the Consulate-general of the PRC in Auckland, and The Chinese New Year celebrating show in Wellington, held by the Chinese community of Wellington City. Ling's performances were cherished and enjoyed by audience. Ling usually performs items such as ‘Spring Rain’ and ‘Ambushed By Ten Sides’ which are commonly acknowledged as masterpieces in Chinese folk music that almost only can be played by virtuosos.