"If the bass is finally to produce a headliner, the instrument can have no better champion than Zhang,"wrote The Washington Post of double bassist DaXun Zhang. The recipient of the 2010 Aoyama Award of Kyoto, Japan, he is the second double bassist ever to win an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is also the first double bass player to win the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the first bassist to win first prize in the WAMSO Competition, which lead to a performance with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra under Osmo Vänskä. In 2006, he performed his arrangement of Waxman's Carmen Fantasy at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall with Keith Lockhart conducting the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He has performed extensively with the Silk Road Project, including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and at Carnegie Hall, and he participated in recording Silk Road Journeys: Beyond the Horizon. A former member of Chamber Music Society Two, he has given recitals in the US, Canada, UK, Panama, Japan, Korea, and China. Mr. Zhang comes from a family of bassists in Harbin, China. He studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before attending the Interlochen Arts Academy and then Indiana University, where he received his artist diploma under Lawrence Hurst. A professor at the University of Texas at Austin, he plays a modern double bass made by Nick Lloyd of Cincinnati, Ohio.