Name: James Zhang
Hometown: Tianjin, China
At what age did you begin playing your instrument? 14 (way too late!)
Who has been your greatest musical influence? My violin professor in college.
Who are your favorite composers? Bach and Beethoven.
What career path would you have taken had you not chosen music? Surgeon.
What’s currently playing on your iPod or CD player? Luciano Pavarotti arias (recorded from 1971-73).
Your hobbies and interests: Chess and Chinese chess, also travel.
Some little-known, yet interesting facts about you: Do you want to have real Chinese food? Ask me. I think I’m pretty good at cooking!
Funniest concert moment: A soloist was having problems with a piece, so he took off his shoes!
Daily practice rituals: Whatever is on the upcoming concert, plus some D major concertos (slowly).
The question you’re asked most often about your instrument (and your answer): "How much does it cost?" My answer: "$60,000-$70,000."
Your favorite part about playing in the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra: My favorite part is how easy and enjoyable it is to play with my colleagues. I also enjoy the chamber music programs.