Sharing the stage with Yang Guang will be the Orchestra of the Shanghai Opera House, with president and artistic director Zhang Guoyong as conductor. Zhang began his study in conducting at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music under the direction of revered Professor Huang Xiaotong. He remained at the conservatory as a teacher for a decade after graduating in 1983, before he was sponsored by the Chinese government for four years of study at the Moscow State Conservatory. In the Russian capital he studied under the world famous conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. On many occasions he conducted the Russian State Symphony Orchestra of the Cultural Ministry, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Voronezh State Symphony Orchestra, and made compact disc recordings with all of them. He obtained his music PhD in 1997 with distinction. In recent years, Zhang has worked his baton in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.