Professor Chi Zheng was born in 1952 in a family full of opera artists. Prof. Chi grew up loving music and started learning clarinet since age of 12. Chi studies with Mr. Wang Yu and Mr. He Fuxing at Xi'an Conservatory of Music. Prof.Chi has once taught at Xi'an Conservatory of Music and South China University of Technology School of Arts and he is the Vice President of Chinese Musicians’ Association Clarinet Institution.
Professor Chi played many clarinet music pieces during the 50 years as an educator and a Clarinet artist, including all clarinet concerto by Carl Maria von Weber and many concertos from famous artists. As a result, Chi has been to many cities around China, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, and Taipei.
Professor Chi is now in demand as an adjudicator at Golden Bell Awards and national competitions hosted by the Ministry of Culture. In 2002 and 2005, Chi co-hosted the International Clarinet Festival with Mr.Fan Lei in Xi’an. In 2017 and 2018, Chi developed Summer Camps Programs for advanced students at Xi’an Conservatory of Music. One can also often find Chi teaching at Master Classes in Music and Art Institutions across China.
During his teaching, Professor Chi’s students has become a group of outstanding performers and educators, many of whom hold important positions in national symphony orchestras, operas, and music and art schools. Some of his students were also admitted in prestigious schools such as the Julia Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Indiana Conservatory of Music, and the Munich Conservatory of Music, and the Cologne Conservatory of Music.
Professor Chi won two teaching achievement awards issued by the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Shanxi Provincial Government. Professor Chi Zheng is a Backun Artist and performs on Lumiere Cocobolo Clarinets.