Ken Zheng


Ken Zheng is a graduate of the China Film College and in the mid 1980ies he started his music career as the principal viola of the Pearl River Film Philharmonic Orchestra in numerous concerts and sound track recordings. From November 1983 to October 1985 he was appointed music editor for the Guangdong TV station, becoming responsible for editing and composing scores for numerous TV programs, as well as foreign films dubbed in Chinese. At the same time, he collaborated with many famous Chinese musicians, composing and conducting music scores for many musical documentary films, movies and CDs at the request of over ten of the most reputable Chinese music producing companies. In 1986, Ken was hired as chief recording engineer and composer for the “White Swan Recording Arts Company” and he has been composing ever since. Ken has arranged and conducted over a thousand musical albums, including award winning productions. Coincidentally, he also held the post of music editor, composer and conductor for a few renowned Chinese music recording companies. In late 1989 he participated in an advanced study trip to the Anthony Recording Arts College in San Francisco, California, USA.

He was appointed the conductor, composer and music director for the North American Philharmonic Orchestra of Canada, the Ontario Cross-Cultural Youth Orchestra and the Ontario Chinese Cultural Music Orchestra. He is also currently the director and vice-president of the Ontario Cross-Cultural Music Society and a violin and viola teacher.

In the past 20 years he has created endless scores and arrangements encompassing different breathtaking orchestral, ensemble and popular music. In 2007 he set up a Philharmonic Music Publishing Company and has already published 12 series of scales and text books for violin, viola, cello and double bass, as well as orchestral excerpts. Such series have become widely used by students taking part in the Canadian Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. He is also a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. He is currently writing musical texts for the Conservatory while composing and arranging scores for future concerts.