IMG Artists is delighted to announce the extension of Xian Zhang’s Music Director contract with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.  Her initial four year contract has been extended to the end of 2023/24, which will include the orchestra’s 100th anniversary in 2022.

The NJSO announced the contract extension on stage last night (June 10) at the final performance of the 2017–18 season in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, where she conducted Mahler Symphony no.1.

“Today’s announcement of Xian Zhang’s extension as NJSO Music Director propels the Orchestra into an exciting future,” NJSO President & CEO Gabriel van Aalst says. “Xian has fully embodied the NJSO’s mission to inspire and engage with New Jersey communities on and off stage, and her bold artistic vision has invigorated this organization. Musicians and audiences love her powerful musicianship and leadership, and as we approach the Orchestra’s milestone 100th anniversary in 2022, I cannot wait to see where she takes the NJSO.”

“This is a proud moment for the NJSO and a bold statement for the Orchestra’s future,” NJSO Board of Trustees Co-Chairs Linda Bowden and David Huber say. “Xian’s extraordinary artistic talent and vision for this Orchestra have thrilled concertgoers and fostered meaningful connections with the NJSO’s many constituents. Coupled with the new contract extension with our musicians, Xian’s continuing leadership secures a strong path forward for the Orchestra.”

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka says: “Xian Zhang’s decision to extend her contract with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is another recognition of our city as a national leader in the performing arts. Ms. Zhang has been an outstanding conductor for the orchestra since taking the baton in 2016, adding power to its performances, the diversity of our musical community and luster to our city as a destination for the arts. Her vision, talent and commitment will lead the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to greater heights, and we look forward to seeing and hearing the results.”

Xian Zhang is managed by Jennifer Spencer, in association with IMG Artists.