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Taining Zhang

Taining Zhang

Tai-ning Zhang graduated from the attached middle school of the China Central Conservatory of Music in 1968 and began his music career playing the French Horn at the China Peking Opera. In 1972, he joined the China Central Ballet, playing the French Horn and the Sheng in the orchestra until he left China to study abroad in 1981. He pursued a Bachelors's degree at the University of British Columbia, studying with the former principal French Horn of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Martin Hackleman. After completing his Bachelor of Music in French Horn with a minor in conducting at UBC, he moved to Pittsburg and achieved his Master's Degree in Music from Duquesne University. He now lives in Toronto continuing his passion for education through teaching music theory at his private studio for 30 years. Outside of teaching, Mr. Zhang is also the Director of the Li Delun Music Foundation and the General Manager of the New Year’s Concert Committee.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Counterpoint
  • Analysis
  • Theory
  • Harmony

Spoken languages

  • English
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • Online
  • Teacher's home
  • Teacher's studio


  • 1989 - Master of Music - Duquesne University (USA)