Deng Zhang is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts at Boston University where she studies with Professor Michelle LaCourse. Born in Hangzhou, China, and raised in Shanghai, she learned to play violin, viola, flute and piano at a young age. She began studying viola at Shanghai Conservatory of Music with Li Sheng, and prior to her studies at Boston University, she studied with Marcus Thompson at the New England Conservatory and Ettore Causa at the Yale School of Music. Notably, she was the winner of the Graduate Viola Prize at Boston University. She has appeared in several music festivals, including the Music Academy of the West, the Lucerne Festival, and the Roundtop Music Festival, where she was awarded multiple fellowships. An active chamber and orchestral player, Deng has performed in major venues in Shanghai and Hangzhou as well as New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, and has coached with members of the Borromeo Quartet, the Brentano Quartet, and the Cleveland Quartet.